41 days in Italy, Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

41 days in Italy, Croatia & Slovenia Itinerary

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Bus to Campana, Shuttle to Ezeiza, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Bovec, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Postojna, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Padua, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bolzano, Italy
— 3 nights
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Braies, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Pantheon for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome tour itinerary planner.

Santa Fe, Argentina to Rome is an approximately 24.5-hour combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Santa Fe to Rome due to the time zone difference. In September, Rome is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Walls of Dubrovnik and The Franciscan Church and Monastery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, admire the masterpieces at Red History Museum, and see the interesting displays at Love Stories Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik day trip tool.

Getting from Rome to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.
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Korcula Town, Croatia — 3 nights

Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Pupnatska Luka Beach. You'll explore and learn at Korcula Town Museum and House of Marco Polo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Korcula Town Walls, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark's Cathedral, stop by Croatica Naturolo, and view the masterpieces at Vapor gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Korcula Town online journey planner.

Ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hvar.
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Hvar, Croatia — 3 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Get outdoors at Mlini Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Franciscan Monastery and Fort Napoljun - Napolean for their historical value. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress, look for gifts at Isola, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hvar visit app.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of Saint Domnius are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum uja and Galerija Mestrovic. Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip (in Skrip) and Our Lady of Gorma (in Postira). Dedicate the 24th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Diocletians Dream.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Split online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hvar to Split by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 2 nights

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Veliki Slap and then explore the activities along The Lower Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Great Cascades.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zagreb trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 30th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, then explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, and then stop by Ljubljana Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan trip to Ljubljana with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In September in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 3 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Apiculture and Museum of Pharmacy and Alchemy. Get in touch with nature at Triglav National Park and Vintgar Gorge. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, head off the coast to Bled Island, duck into Galerija Mikame, and explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bled trip planner.

Drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Bled are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bovec.
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Bovec, Slovenia — 2 nights

In the north-west part of Slovenia, Bovec sits in an area known for its rich and colorful culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary of the Assumption church, contemplate the long history of Outdoor Museum Kolovrat (muzej na prostem), then explore the striking landscape at Tolmin Gorge, and finally see the interesting displays at Kobarid Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Ravelnik Open Air Museum, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Italian Charnel House.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bovec vacation maker.

Getting from Bled to Bovec by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Bovec, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Postojna.
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Postojna, Slovenia — 1 night

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 7th (Fri): Head underground at Škocjan Caves, then Head underground at Postojna Cave, and then take an in-depth tour of The Secret Rooms of Hotel Jama.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Postojna trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Bovec to Postojna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. October in Postojna sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Ljubljana trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Postojna to Ljubljana in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for Padua on the 8th (Sat).
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Padua, Italy — 2 nights

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
On the 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, see the interesting displays at Museo del Precinema, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Diocesano di Padova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then steep yourself in history at Villa Valmarana ai Nani, and finally get engrossed in the history at La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Padua journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Padua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Padua, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Bolzano.
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Bolzano, Italy — 3 nights

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Get in touch with nature at Parco Naturale Puez Odle and Val Gardena. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and Messner Mountain Museum MMM Firmian. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alte Grieser Pfarrkirche mit dem Altar von Michael Pacher, explore the historical opulence of Runkelstein Castle, do a tasting at Weingut Loacker, and make a trip to Piazza Walther.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bolzano trip planner.

Drive from Padua to Bolzano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Padua in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bolzano, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Braies.
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Braies, Italy — 3 nights

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chiesetta di San Giorgio and Cimitero Di Guerra Sorgenti. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tabernacolo di Tesido and Chiesa di Santa Maria. Go for a jaunt from Braies to Auronzo di Cadore to see Museo storico all'aperto della 1a Guerra Mondiale about 36 minutes away.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Braies tour planning site.

You can drive from Bolzano to Braies in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Braies can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo. Visit Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria for their historical value. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna in Pratovecchio, approximately Pratovecchio away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and surround yourself with nature on Riding with Cosimo.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip planning site.

You can drive from Braies to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Braies in October since evenings lows in Florence dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

On the 19th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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