23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
4
Lucca, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Shuttle
6
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Bus
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Shuttle to Zagreb, Fly to Split
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Rome is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Johannesburg in July: high temperatures in Rome hover around 37°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

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Sorrento, Italy

— 3 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Explore Sorrento's surroundings by going to Positano (Fornillo & Il Sentiero Degli Dei). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the verdant scenery at Il Vallone dei Mulini, kick back and relax at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, and take a leisurely stroll along Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sorrento trip itinerary site.

Getting from Rome to Sorrento by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Sorrento, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Sorrento to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Sorrento in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Lucca, Italy

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, then steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno Maurizio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lucca trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Florence to Lucca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lucca, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Venice, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally take a tour by water with Like a Venetian. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, make a trip to St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lucca to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Venice

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Bled, Slovenia

— 2 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 14th (Thu), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Straža Bled, then step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and finally hike along Vintgar Gorge.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bled visit planning tool.

You can drive from Venice to Bled in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, things will get slightly colder in Bled: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 1 night
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle, and then explore the activities along Ljubljanica River. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Cave, then wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, then take in the views from Triple Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Dragon Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ljubljana vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bled to Ljubljana in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Break Time, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Split trip site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Ljubljana to Split in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in July; daily highs in Split reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Split

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Kotor, Montenegro

— 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 18th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral, then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rocks, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kotor City Walls & Fortress. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kotor trip website.

Getting from Split to Kotor by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kotor when traveling from Split in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. On the 21st (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise, and get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip maker website.

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in July, you will find days in Dubrovnik are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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