18 days in Italy, Bled & Salzburg Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Bled & Salzburg Itinerary

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Start: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Bolzano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Riva Del Garda, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice online attractions planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Venice is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in August, things will get cooler in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Venice

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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

4
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Bohinj in Bohinjsko Jezero (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, trek along Vintgar Gorge, and get great views at Mala Osojnica.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bled online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Venice to Bled in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in August, expect Bled to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bohinj
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj
Bled Island ©
Bled Island

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bled to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bolzano.

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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

3
nights
Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano ©
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bolzano: Sass Pordoi (in Canazei), I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff (in Merano) and Chiesa di Colfosco (in Corvara in Badia). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Puez-Geisler Nature Park, don't miss a visit to Via Argentieri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni in Villa, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Walther Von der Vogelweide.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bolzano driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Bolzano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Salzburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bolzano, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Bolzano

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Sass Pordoi, I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, Chiesa di Colfosco
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Puez-Geisler Nature Park ©
Puez-Geisler Nature Park
Sass Pordoi ©
Sass Pordoi
I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff ©
I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio, then look for gifts at Vivavino Wine Shop, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Piazza delle Erbe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa delle Sante Teuteria e Tosca. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, browse the collection at Biblioteca Civica, admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Notai, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally don't miss a visit to Liston.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Verona road trip planning app.

You can drive from Bolzano to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Verona, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Riva Del Garda.

Things to do in Verona

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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

2
nights
Riva Del Garda, Italy

Riva Del Garda ©
Riva del Garda is a town and comune in the northern Italian province of Trento of the Trentino Alto Adige region. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Delirivm Tremens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Barbara Church, then don't miss a visit to The Bastion, and finally head outdoors with Old Ponale Road Path. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Molveno, then kick back and relax at Sabbioni Beach, and then step into the grandiose world of Scaliger Castle in Malcesine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Riva Del Garda holiday planning app.

Getting from Verona to Riva Del Garda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Riva Del Garda can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Riva Del Garda

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago di Molveno, Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
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Lago di Molveno ©
Lago di Molveno
Sabbioni Beach
Sabbioni Beach
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine ©
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine

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night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Milan day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Riva Del Garda to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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