30 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

30 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

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30 days in Croatia & Italy Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Lido di Venezia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pula trip itinerary tool .

Manchester, UK to Pula is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Pula due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in November: high temperatures in Pula hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Pula

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamenjak National Park
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Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad). On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Pula to Zagreb in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Pula in December, things will get slightly colder in Zagreb: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cavtat Old Town and Kayaking & Canoeing. Cavtat Cemetery and Fort Lovrijenac will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Lapad, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get your bearings at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and make a trip to Pile Gate.

To find ratings and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip site .

You can fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in December, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lapad ©
Lapad

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic City of Trogir and Old Split. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik (in Sibenik) and Spanjola (in Hvar). And it doesn't end there: walk around Marjan Park, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and take in the waterfront activity at Riva Harbor.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Trogir, The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Spanjola
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The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik ©
Riva Harbor ©
Riva Harbor

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Escape the urban bustle at Vesuvio National Park and Vulcano Solfatara. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Castello Aragonese d'Ischia. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa San Michele (in Anacapri), Capri (Giardini di Augusto & I Faraglioni) and Paestum Ruins (in Paestum). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno, contemplate the long history of Underground Naples, and brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naples day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Split to Naples takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Capri, Villa San Michele, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, Paestum Ruins, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Vulcano Solfatara
Vulcano Solfatara

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Duomo di Orvieto. Popular historic sites such as Civita di Bagnoregio and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Necropoli di Tarquinia (in Tarquinia) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa d'Este, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, and make a trip to Villa Borghese.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip builder site .

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Orvieto, Necropoli di Tarquinia, Civita di Bagnoregio, Villa d'Este, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
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Necropoli di Tarquinia ©
Necropoli di Tarquinia
Pozzo di San Patrizio ©
Pozzo di San Patrizio

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano. Duomo di Pisa and Centro Storico will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lido di Venezia.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Castello di Monteriggioni, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Duomo di Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni

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night
Lido di Venezia, Italy

Lido di Venezia ©
An 11 km (7 mi) sandbar, Lido di Venezia provides a home for three settlements.
On the 25th (Wed), take advantage of the amenities at Blue Moon, identify plant and animal life at L’Oasi delle Dune Alberoni, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tempio Ossario del Lido di Venezia, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimitero Ebraico.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lido di Venezia vacation site .

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Florence to Lido di Venezia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Lido di Venezia reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Lido di Venezia

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Blue Moon ©
Blue Moon
Cimitero Ebraico ©
Cimitero Ebraico

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Get some historical perspective at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Castello Estense. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica di Sant’Antonio (in Padua) and Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Museo di Castelvecchio, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, take a stroll through Cannaregio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lido di Venezia to Venice takes 1.5 hours. December in Venice sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Verona, Padua, Castello Estense, Piazza XXVII Ottobre
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto
Basilica di Santa Anastasia ©
Basilica di Santa Anastasia

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