18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

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1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola and Musei Capitolini. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning app.

Vancouver, Canada to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Rome, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in October, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get some cultural insight at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Abbazia di San Galgano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Duomo di Siena (in Siena) and Duomo di Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Duomo di Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Duomo di Pisa
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Wine Tours & Tastings
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

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 Scrovegni Chapel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannaregio and Campo del Ghetto. Change things up with a short trip to Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Florence, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cavtat Old Town and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dubrovnik City Walls and Fort Lovrijenac. There's much more to do: stop by Old Town, steep yourself in history at Stradun, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and take a stroll through Lapad.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zurich holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in October, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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