17 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

17 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Bolzano, Italy
— 1 night
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Belluno, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Aquileia, Italy
— 1 day
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 day
Bus
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Solin, Croatia
Drive
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Zadar, Croatia
Drive
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Smiljan, Croatia
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Rovinj, Croatia
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Venice, Italy
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Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romance

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like San Giorgio Maggiore and Natural History Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Cannaregio and Campo del Ghetto. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to Venice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Verona, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Verona sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bolzano.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks

Bolzano, Italy

— 1 night

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bolzano trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Verona to Bolzano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bolzano are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Belluno.

Things to do in Bolzano

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Belluno, Italy

— 1 night
Belluno, is a town and province in the Veneto region of northern Italy. For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Belluno road trip planner.

Getting from Bolzano to Belluno by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Aquileia.

Things to do in Belluno

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Nightlife

Aquileia, Italy

— 1 day
Aquileia is an ancient Roman city in Italy, at the head of the Adriatic at the edge of the lagoons, about 10km from the sea, on the river Natiso (modern Natisone), the course of which has changed somewhat since Roman times. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Casa Bertoli - Centro di Antichita Altoadriatiche, delve into the distant past at Decumano di Aratria Galla, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Meizlik, then explore the ancient world of Domus e Palazzo Episcopale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Pagani, and finally examine the collection at Sudhalle.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aquileia planning website.

You can drive from Belluno to Aquileia in 2 hours. In September in Aquileia, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Aquileia

Historic Sites · Museums

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Bled. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Miklosiceva Street, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Florian's Church, and finally wander the streets of Breg Embankment.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana day trip planning site.

Drive from Aquileia to Ljubljana in 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Aquileia in September: high temperatures in Ljubljana hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 day

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You've now added Croatian Museum of Naive Art to your itinerary. On the 14th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Croatian Museum of Naive Art and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at SS Cyril and Methodius Greek Catholic Co-Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zagreb day trip app.

Traveling by shuttle from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Zagreb are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Split.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Split Archaeological Museum and then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a bus from Zagreb to Split in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in September, things will get a bit warmer in Split: highs are around 79°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Solin.

Things to do in Split

Museums

Solin, Croatia

Solin is a town in Dalmatia, Croatia. To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Solin trip itinerary tool.

Solin is just a short distance from Split. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Zadar.

Things to do in Solin

Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife · Shopping

Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 17th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Solin to Zadar takes 2 hours. Traveling from Solin in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Zadar, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Smiljan.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums

Smiljan, Croatia

Smiljan is a village in the mountainous region of Western Lika in Croatia. For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Smiljan vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Smiljan takes 1.5 hours. In September in Smiljan, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will leave for Plitvice Lakes National Park on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Smiljan

Historic Sites · Museums

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the activities along Ciginovac Lake.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Smiljan to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Rovinj, Croatia

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Main Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovinj trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Pula, Croatia

— 2 nights
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery and Church of St. Francis, and then examine the collection at Museum Olei Histriae.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pula tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Pula, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll set off for Venice on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Pula

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

City of Romance

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Venice online trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Pula to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.