13 days in Venice & Croatia Itinerary

13 days in Venice & Croatia Itinerary

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13 days in Venice & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Teatro La Fenice as well as San Giorgio Maggiore. Take a break from the city and head to Canal Grande and Bagni Alberoni. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Piazza delle Erbe & Arena di Verona) and Padua (Piazza della Frutta & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Venice trip maker app .

Philadelphia, USA to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amphitheatre de Pula as well as Kamenjak National Park. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kamenjak National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mulini Beach, then don't miss a visit to Main Street, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovinj trip planner .

You can drive from Venice to Rovinj in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. May in Rovinj sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Rovinj

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amphitheatre de Pula, Kamenjak National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mulini Beach ©
Mulini Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plitvice Lakes National Park. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to Baraceve Spilje, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rastoke, then contemplate the waterfront views at The Upper Lakes, and finally explore the activities along The Lower Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi and then explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rastoke
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 28th (Thu), wander the streets of Kastel Gomilica, then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, and then contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Marjan Park, then contemplate the long history of Old Split, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Walls of Dubrovnik and Fort Lovrijenac. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Island of Lokrum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Cavtat Old Town (in Cavtat) and Sunj Beach (in Lopud). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cavtat, Sunj Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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