26 days in Italy, Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

26 days in Italy, Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

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26 days in Italy, Slovenia & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Postojna, Slovenia
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, La Pieta, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. Explore hidden gems such as Duomo di Orvieto and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

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Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Rome. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Rome hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. You'll set off for Florence on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've now added Leaning Tower of Pisa to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Step off the beaten path and head to Portovenere and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence road trip site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 18th (Fri), you're off toVenice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portovenere, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Discover Burano, Natural History Museum and Ponte di Rialto. Piazza San Marco and Cannaregio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Postojna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Discover Burano
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

1
night
Postojna, Slovenia

Postojna ©
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Planina Cave and then look for gifts at Gustarna.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Postojna trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Venice to Postojna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in September: high temperatures in Postojna hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. You'll set off for Bled on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Postojna

Nature Parks Shopping
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Planina Cave ©
Planina Cave
Gustarna ©
Gustarna

1
night
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle and then trek along Vintgar Gorge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bled trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Postojna to Bled takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bled sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will leave for Zagreb on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Bled

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
You've added Ilica, Tkalciceva, Lower Town, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Tunel Gric, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, and then admire the masterpieces at Atelier Mestrovic. On your second day here, take a stroll through Ilica, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Zagreb route builder site .

Traveling by car from Bled to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Lower Town
Lower Town
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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.
On the 25th (Fri), admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip maker app .

Take a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Veliki Prstavac ©
Veliki Prstavac

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to Marjan Park and Tvrdic Honey. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Saint Domnius and Putalj Winery. When in Split, make a side trip to see Fortress Starigrad (Fortica) in Omis, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, take an in-depth tour of Split Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Roko.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Split road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Split are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Tvrdic Honey, Starigrad Fortress
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skar Winery Dubrovnik, Malvasija Wine Bar and Stradun. Get some cultural insight at Dubrovnik City Walls and Art by Stjepko. There's more to do: take a stroll through Old Town and step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik tour planner.

Take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Stradun ©
Stradun

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