17 days in Croatia, Tuscany & Montenegro Itinerary

17 days in Croatia, Tuscany & Montenegro Itinerary

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17 days in Croatia, Tuscany & Montenegro Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  8​h
3
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Toronto, Canada to Florence is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Florence due to the time zone difference. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Barberino Val d'Elsa.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy

Barberino Val d'Elsa ©
Barberino Val d'Elsa is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 30km south of Florence.The township of Barberino Val d'Elsa is located above the valley from which it takes its name. On the 3rd (Thu), get into the urban bustle at Comune Di Certaldo, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, then make a trip to Walls of Monteriggioni, then don't miss a visit to Via delle Volte, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monterinaldi. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Accademia del Buon Gusto and then do a tasting at Fattoria di Montemaggio.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barberino Val d'Elsa trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Florence to Barberino Val d'Elsa takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Barberino Val d'Elsa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Barberino Val d'Elsa

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Radda in Chianti, Monteriggioni, Accademia del Buon Gusto, Comune Di Certaldo, Via delle Volte
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Fattoria di Montemaggio ©
Fattoria di Montemaggio
Accademia del Buon Gusto ©
Accademia del Buon Gusto
Castello di Monterinaldi ©
Castello di Monterinaldi

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zadar trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Barberino Val d'Elsa to Zadar takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Barberino Val d'Elsa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zadar, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through Riva Harbor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Trogir Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Marjan Park, and then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Split are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Historic City of Trogir
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

1
night
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery and then tour the water at your own pace with Ilirio's Hvar Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Dubovica, then get great views at Spanjola, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hvar trip builder tool .

Ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Dubovica Beach
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Stari Grad Kotor and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, don't miss a visit to City Walls, take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotor journey maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Kotor in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hvar in October since evenings lows in Kotor dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Porto Montenegro, Castle Of San Giovanni, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, then explore the ancient world of Walls of Dubrovnik, and then go all around town with City Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Pile Gate ©
Pile Gate

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