16 days in Italy, Croatia & Lucerne Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Croatia & Lucerne Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Cernobbio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Old Town & Lake Zurich) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne route website.

San Francisco, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Lucerne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lucerne when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Cernobbio.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zurich, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

2
nights
Cernobbio, Italy

Cernobbio ©
Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): trek along Sentee di Sort, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino della Valle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cernobbio day trip planning website.

Drive from Lucerne to Cernobbio in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Lucerne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cernobbio: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Cernobbio

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Il Giardino della Valle ©
Il Giardino della Valle

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Cernobbio to Venice takes 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then stroll around Marjan Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Split trip planner.

Fly from Venice to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

4
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.
Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

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