32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  16 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 8 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Ancona, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry:  9 h
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Edmonton, Canada

7
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Shop till you drop at Mercado San Miguel and La Casa Encendida. Venture out of the city with trips to Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo) and Segovia (Valle del Clamores, Old City, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, do some two-wheel cruising with Beebiker, take a stroll through Gran Via, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Madrid is 8 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Madrid: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Segovia, Casco Historico de Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

8
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Let the collections at Museu Picasso and En construccio capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Platja de Canyelles (in Lloret de Mar), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Begur (Playa Sa Riera & L'illa Roja). The adventure continues: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamariu, Begur, Museu de la Confitura, Camino de Ronda, Platja de Canyelles
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Soqquadro APS and ALEFBET. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Trastevere. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, enjoy the sand and surf at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme, wander the streets of Via Condotti, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ancona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Ancona, Italy

Ancona ©
Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Do some cultural sightseeing at Azienda Agraria Guerrieri and Casa Leopardi. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baia di Portonovo and Beach of the Two Sisters. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ancona: Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano (in Fabriano), Chiesa di San Pietro (in Sassoferrato) and Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Mezzavalle, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria della Piazza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Della Santa Casa, and see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca Comunale “F. Podesti”.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ancona trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Rome to Ancona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Zadar.

Things to do in Ancona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sirolo, Santuario Della Santa Casa, Casa Leopardi, Grotte di Frasassi, Azienda Agraria Guerrieri
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Azienda Agraria Guerrieri ©
Azienda Agraria Guerrieri
Baia di Portonovo ©
Baia di Portonovo
Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano ©

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Zadar travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zadar when traveling from Split in May, with lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ancona.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Illusions ©
Museum of Illusions
Archaeological Museum Zadar ©
Archaeological Museum Zadar
Natura Zara wine & more ©
Natura Zara wine & more

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Jaksic Gallery and The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip. Get outdoors at Paklina Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Dubovica Beach (in Zarace), Senjkovic Winery (in Nerezisca) and Hvar (Spanjola, Hvar Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum uja, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, and learn about winemaking at Bedalov Winery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip itinerary app .

Edmonton, Canada to Split is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Split. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in May, with highs in Split at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hvar, Skrip, Bedalov Winery, Dubovica Beach, Paklina Beach
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Jaksic Gallery ©
Jaksic Gallery
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip ©
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip
Museum uja ©
Museum uja

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