39 days in Croatia & Southern Italy Itinerary

39 days in Croatia & Southern Italy Itinerary

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39 days in Croatia & Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
1
Naples, Italy
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Paestum, Italy
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
3
Positano, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Maiori, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

7
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano), Pompeii (Lupanar & Villa dei Misteri) and Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (in Ischia). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Naples is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Naples, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paestum.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pompeii, Capri, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Vesuvio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

4
nights
Paestum, Italy

Paestum ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paestum: Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta (in Pertosa), Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro (in Palinuro) and MUVIP Museo Virtuale del Paleolitico (in Marina di Camerota).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paestum online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Paestum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Naples in September since evenings lows in Paestum dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Positano.

Things to do in Paestum

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Agropoli, Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro, Grotte di Pertosa-Auletta, Borgo Medievale di Castellabate
Highlights from your plan
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro ©
Grotte Marine di Capo Palinuro
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins
Anfiteatro Romano di Paestum ©
Anfiteatro Romano di Paestum

7
nights
Positano, Italy

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Torre del Capo di Conca (in Conca dei Marini), Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro (in Sorrento) and Villa Enrichetta (in Piano di Sorrento). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get outside with Walk of the Gods, and stroll through Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Positano trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Paestum to Positano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. September in Positano sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maiori.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Praiano, Sorrento, Torre del Capo di Conca, Villa Enrichetta
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Maiori, Italy

Maiori ©
Maiori is a town and comune on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno . You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maiori: Vietri sul Mare (Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori & Villa Comunale) and Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Maiori day trip planner.

Drive from Positano to Maiori in 1.5 hours. September in Maiori sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Maiori

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Tramonti
Highlights from your plan
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then pick up some local products at Dolac Market, then make a trip to Tkalciceva, and finally examine the collection at Tortureum - Museum of Torture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Plaque of Nikola Tesla, take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and finally examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maiori to Zagreb. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Maiori in September; daily highs in Zagreb reach 71°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Walking tours
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Prstavac, then explore the activities along Gradinsko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci, and finally admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko, then get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano. On the next day, make a trip to Split Synagogue, contemplate the long history of Old Split, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, and finally examine the collection at Froggyland.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Split itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
On the 3rd (Sun), find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then take some stellar pictures from Spanjola. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, then step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and finally do a tasting at Tomic Winery.

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Traveling by car from Split to Hvar takes 1.5 hours. October in Hvar sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bol.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Tomic Winery
Highlights from your plan
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Vidova Gora, then take in the waterfront at Supetar Bay, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Supetar cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): kick back and relax at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then do a tasting at Stina.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bol trip planner.

You can drive from Hvar to Bol in 4.5 hours. October in Bol sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Supetar
Highlights from your plan
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at House of Marco Polo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Vela Przina Beach, kick back and relax at Pupnatska Luca Beach, then don't miss a visit to Atelier Abel, and finally don't miss a visit to Kula Svih Svetih.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Korcula Town tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bol to Korcula Town takes 5.5 hours. In October in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vela Przina Beach, Korcula Old City
Highlights from your plan
Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): visit Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

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

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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