18 days in Canary Islands, Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

18 days in Canary Islands, Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

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18 days in Canary Islands, Italy & Croatian Coast Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Lanzarote, Spain
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Maspalomas, Spain
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  8​h 30​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote ©
Today, the entire island is a World Biosphere Reserve, with over 500 different kinds of plants, 17 of which are endemic.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa del papagayo and Fundacion Cesar Manrique. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Dorada Beach and Playa Grande. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cueva de los Verdes, stroll through Playa Blanca Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Los Hervideros.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lanzarote tour itinerary maker .

Seattle, USA to Lanzarote is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Lanzarote is 8 hours. Traveling from Seattle in March, expect Lanzarote to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Lanzarote

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Fundacion Cesar Manrique ©
Fundacion Cesar Manrique
Playa del papagayo ©
Playa del papagayo
Los Hervideros ©
Los Hervideros

3
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Amadores and Playa de las Meloneras. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa de Mogan and Templo Ecumenico de San Salvador. Change things up with a short trip to Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada in Galdar (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Anfi Tauro Golf, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Charca.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Maspalomas travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lanzarote to Maspalomas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Maspalomas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de Mogan, Scuba & Snorkeling, Anfi Tauro Golf, Museo y Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, Playa de Amadores
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Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan
Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Galleria dell'Accademia. Step out of the city life by going to Degusta La Cinta Senese and Castello di Verrazzano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia (in Lucignano d'Arbia) and L'Orcio a Ca di Pesa srl (in Panzano in Chianti). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Maspalomas to Florence in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maspalomas to Florence. Traveling from Maspalomas in March, expect Florence to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Historic Sites, #Wineries, #Outdoors

Side Trips

L'Orcio a Ca di Pesa srl, Castello di Verrazzano, Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia, Degusta La Cinta Senese
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Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries

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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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Riva di Polline and Riserva Naturale Regionale Macchiatonda. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Piazza Navona. There's more to do: take a stroll through Citta del Vaticano.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In March in Rome, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Vatican City, Riserva Naturale Regionale Macchiatonda, Riva di Polline
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Vatican City
Vatican City

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Franciscan Monastery and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, then explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Dubrovnik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Sveti Jakov Beach ©
Sveti Jakov Beach

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