16 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

16 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

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16 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Zakopane, Poland
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  10 h
3
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Chicago, United States


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3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Visit Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and St. Mary's Basilica for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Royal Castle. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Rynek (Old Square) Underground.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Krakow driving holiday tool .

Chicago, USA to Krakow is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Krakow reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

1
night
Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
You've now added Gubalowka to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gubalowka, head outdoors with Za Bramka Gorge, then hike along Ku Dziurze Gorge, and finally get outside with Sarnia Skala.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Zakopane trip tool .

You can drive from Krakow to Zakopane in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zakopane when traveling from Krakow in August, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka
Sarnia Skala ©
Sarnia Skala

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Old Split and Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Marjan Park and Velika Raduca Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten (in Primosten), Punta Rata Beach (in Brela) and Drasnice (in Drasnice). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, and admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic.

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Explore your travel options from Zakopane to Split with the Route module. In August, Split is somewhat warmer than Zakopane - with highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Primosten, Church Of St. Roch, Punta Rata Beach, Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, Drasnice
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Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach
Old Split ©
Old Split

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Dubrovnik City Walls and Fort Lovrijenac. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at War Photo Limited and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Lopud and see Sunj Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Minceta Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, step off the mainland to explore Lopud Island, and contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sunj Beach
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War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and San Giorgio Maggiore. Get some historical perspective at Doge's Palace and Piazza dei Signori. Change things up with a short trip to Orto Botanico di Padova in Padua (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cannaregio, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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