17 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

17 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  9​h
1
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bolzano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Belluno, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Aquileia, Italy
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2​h
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 day
Bus:  5​h 30​min
8
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Solin, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
10
Zadar, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Smiljan, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Rovinj, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
14
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3​h 30​min
15
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  12​h
End: Philadelphia, United States


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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 San Giorgio Maggiore and Cannaregio. Campo del Ghetto and Basilica di San Marco will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online tour itinerary planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Venice is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Venice. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Verona.

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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
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Cannaregio

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Verona, Italy

Verona
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.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Verona day trip app .

Getting from Venice to Verona by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Bolzano.

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Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bolzano day trip tool .

Drive from Verona to Bolzano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Belluno.

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Belluno, Italy

Belluno
Belluno, is a town and province in the Veneto region of northern Italy. To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Belluno trip planner.

You can drive from Bolzano to Belluno in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You'll set off for Aquileia on the 12th (Sat).

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Aquileia, Italy

Aquileia ©
On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to Casa Bertoli - Centro di Antichita Altoadriatiche, steep yourself in history at Casa Violin di Aquileia, delve into the distant past at Decumano di Aratria Galla, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Meizlik, then delve into the distant past at Domus e Palazzo Episcopale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Pagani.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Aquileia road trip website .

You can drive from Belluno to Aquileia in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Trieste.

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Historic Sites Museums
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Palazzo Meizlik ©
Palazzo Meizlik

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Miklosiceva Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bled, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Florian's Church, and finally go for a walk through Breg embankment.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip maker tool .

You can drive from Aquileia to Ljubljana in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Aquileia in September, with highs in Ljubljana at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Bled
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Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
St Florian's Church ©
St Florian's Church
Miklosiceva Street ©
Miklosiceva Street

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Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Croatian Museum of Naive Art. On the 14th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Croatian Museum of Naive Art and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at SS Cyril and Methodius Greek Catholic Co-Cathedral.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb trip maker.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Zagreb in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums Historic Sites
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Croatian Museum of Naive Art ©
Croatian Museum of Naive Art

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 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Split Archaeological Museum and then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Split trip planner.

You can fly from Zagreb to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zagreb in September: high temperatures in Split hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Solin.

Things to do in Split

Museums
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Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic
Split Archaeological Museum ©
Split Archaeological Museum

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Solin, Croatia

Solin
Solin is a town in Dalmatia, Croatia. To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Solin trip itinerary app .

Solin is just a short distance from Trogir. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You'll set off for Zadar on the 17th (Thu).

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Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Zadar, Croatia

Zadar
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 17th (Thu), put a fun spin on your tour with City Game Zadar and then see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Zadar trip maker website .

You can drive from Solin to Zadar in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Solin in September since evenings lows in Zadar dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Smiljan.

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Museums Fun & Games
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Smiljan, Croatia

Smiljan
Smiljan is a village in the mountainous region of Western Lika in Croatia. To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Smiljan tour site .

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
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 18th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Batinovac Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Slapovi Milke Trnine.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Smiljan to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Rovinj.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi
Ciginovac Lake ©
Ciginovac Lake

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street.

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Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Pula.

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Main Street ©
Main Street

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Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
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), examine the collection at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery and Church of St. Francis, and then see the interesting displays at Museum Olei Histriae.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pula day trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Pula sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. You'll set off for Venice on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Pula

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum
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Museum Olei Histriae ©
Museum Olei Histriae
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum ©
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum

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Venice, Italy

Venice
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Venice itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Pula to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to home.

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