12 days in Italy, Island of Malta & Dubrovnik Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Island of Malta & Dubrovnik Itinerary

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12 days in Italy, Island of Malta & Dubrovnik Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18 h
1
Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Syracuse, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Agrigento, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
4
Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Subway:  5 h 30 min
5
Sorrento, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
When in Valletta, make a side trip to see Popeye Village Malta in Mellieha, approximately Mellieha away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. John's Co-Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City, and steep yourself in history at Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Valletta road trip tool .

San Francisco, USA to Valletta is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. In May, Valletta is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Popeye Village Malta, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Mdina Old City, Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Mosta Parish
Highlights from your plan
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Upper Barrakka Gardens ©
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Mdina Old City ©
Mdina Old City

1
night
Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
On the 26th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vermexio, then head off the coast to Ortigia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Syracuse route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Valletta to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Agrigento.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Duomo di Siracusa ©
Duomo di Siracusa
Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi ©

1
night
Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento ©
Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Scala dei Turchi, then get engrossed in the history at Collezione La Gaipa, and then delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Agrigento itinerary planner.

Getting from Syracuse to Agrigento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Agrigento, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Palermo.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Scala dei Turchi
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi
Scala dei Turchi ©
Scala dei Turchi
Collezione La Gaipa ©
Collezione La Gaipa

1
night
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, and finally make a trip to Quattro Canti.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palermo travel planner.

Take a bus from Agrigento to Palermo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace

2
nights
Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Vivaio Ruoppo, let the kids burn off some steam at Parco Giochi "Don Luigi Verde", and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Stabilimento Balneare Bagni Salvatore, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then make a trip to Piazza Tasso.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Sorrento travel planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Palermo to Sorrento in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and subway; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. In May, daily temperatures in Sorrento can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Parco Giochi ©
Parco Giochi "Don Luigi Verde"

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip maker site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Sorrento to Dubrovnik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Speed Boats Tours

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