21 days in Italy, Dubrovnik & Split Itinerary

21 days in Italy, Dubrovnik & Split Itinerary

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21 days in Italy, Dubrovnik & Split Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Amalfi, Italy
— 4 nights
subway + train:  2​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Brsalje Street, then steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, and then delve into the distant past at Walls of Dubrovnik. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik day trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Speed Boats Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Marjan Park and Omis Cetina Canyon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius and Church Of St. Roch. Venture out of the city with trips to Omis (Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) & Fortress Mirabella (Peovica)). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic and make a trip to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic).

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Split online journey planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Omis, Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lio Piccolo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

Plan trip to Venice with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Split to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Split in July, Venice is slightly colder at night with lows of 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Lio Piccolo
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 21st (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence route planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cinque Terre Trails and Castello Doria. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro and Borgo Storico di Manarola. Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto) and Tellaro (Chiesa di San Giorgio & Oratorio di Santa Maria in Selaa). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, admire the striking features of Chiesa Di San Pietro, don't miss a visit to Borgo Antico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giovanni Battista.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cinque Terre itinerary planner.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Amalfi.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tellaro, Levanto to Monterosso Trail
Highlights from your plan
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro ©

4
nights
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Sant'Andrea and Cloister del Paradiso. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Villa Rufolo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amalfi: Positano (Il Sentiero Degli Dei, Fornillo, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Capo di Conca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Ravello, and look for all kinds of wild species at Valle delle Ferriere.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amalfi vacation planner .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Amalfi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in July, Amalfi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Positano, Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Visit Pantheon and Piazza Navona for their historical value. The adventure continues: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planning tool .

Getting from Amalfi to Rome by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Amalfi in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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