21 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

21 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

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21 days in Croatia, Italy & Ljubljana Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Ferry:  30 min
2
Murano, Italy
— 1 day
Ferry:  30 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Padua, Italy
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
San Vigilio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Aquileia, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
8
Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 day
Bus:  5 h 15 min
11
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
12
Solin, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Zadar, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
14
Smiljan, Croatia
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
16
Rovinj, Croatia
— Few hours
Bus:  45 min
17
Pula, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3 h 15 min
18
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  12 h
End: Philadelphia, United States


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3
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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

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Philadelphia, USA to Venice is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Venice. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off toPadua.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Murano, Italy

Murano ©
On the 2nd (Wed), look for gifts at Vetreria Artistica Colleoni, take in the exciting artwork at Vetreria Guarnieri Di Levorato Pierina & C. S.A.S., examine the collection at Museo del Merletto, then steep yourself in history at Il Campanile Storto, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lio Piccolo.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Murano trip planning website .

Murano is just a stone's throw from Venice. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Venice.

Things to do in Murano

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burano, Lio Piccolo
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Museo del Merletto ©
Museo del Merletto
Lio Piccolo ©
Lio Piccolo

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Venice, Italy

Venice
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planning site .

Venice is very close to Murano. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off toPadua.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Padua, Italy

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, make a trip to Centro Storico, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Padua trip itinerary maker website .

Padua is just a stone's throw from Venice. Traveling from Venice in September, you will find days in Padua are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Prato della Valle ©
Prato della Valle

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Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Procolo, see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, and finally take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Verona tour planning tool .

You can take a train from Padua to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Padua, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Verona, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to San Vigilio.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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nights
San Vigilio, Italy

San Vigilio ©
On the 5th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Drau Cycle Route, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alpe di Fanes, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Catarina Lanz, and finally get outside with Adrenaline X-treme Adventures. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Le Cascate di Ciastlins, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate di Riva, then explore the activities along Lago di Braies, and finally make a trip to Duomo di San Candido ''La Collegiata''.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Vigilio trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Verona to San Vigilio in 3 hours. In September in San Vigilio, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Aquileia.

Things to do in San Vigilio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascate di Riva, Lago di Braies, Drau Cycle Route, Duomo di San Candido ''La Collegiata''
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Lago di Braies ©
Lago di Braies
Le Cascate di Ciastlins ©
Le Cascate di Ciastlins
Monumento a Catarina Lanz ©
Monumento a Catarina Lanz

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Aquileia, Italy

Aquileia ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Foro Romano di Aquileia, make a trip to Il campanile di Aquileia, don't miss a visit to Cripta Degli Scavi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Aquileia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Military Memorial Redipuglia.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aquileia trip builder .

Drive from San Vigilio to Aquileia in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Trieste.

Things to do in Aquileia

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Military Memorial Redipuglia
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Foro Romano di Aquileia ©
Foro Romano di Aquileia
Military Memorial Redipuglia ©
Military Memorial Redipuglia
Cripta Degli Scavi ©
Cripta Degli Scavi

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nights
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Carso Triestino, get outside with Grotta Gigante, then appreciate the history behind Le Ragazze di Trieste, then make a trip to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, and finally explore the activities along Canale Grande. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba, explore the world behind art at AIM Alinari Image Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castello di San Giusto, then explore the activities along Golfo di Trieste, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, and finally make a trip to Molo Audace.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Trieste attractions app .

Drive from Aquileia to Trieste in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Trieste, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Trieste

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Grotta Gigante
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Carso Triestino ©
Carso Triestino
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll around Tivoli Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, then take in the views from Triple Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most).

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ljubljana holiday website .

Traveling by shuttle from Trieste to Ljubljana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Trieste in September: high temperatures in Ljubljana hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Parks
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Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Room Escape Games
Tivoli Park ©
Tivoli Park

1
day
Zagreb, Croatia

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 11th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka).

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb day trip planner.

Getting from Ljubljana to Zagreb by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Walking tours
Room Escape Games
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Froggyland, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then steep yourself in history at Palazzo di Diocleziano. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church Of St. Roch, then contemplate the long history of Old Split, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Split trip planner .

Getting from Zagreb to Split by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in September, things will get a bit warmer in Split: highs are around 79°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Solin.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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hours
Solin, Croatia

Solin
Solin is a town in Dalmatia, Croatia. For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Solin trip itinerary maker .

Solin is just a short distance from Split. In September, daily temperatures in Solin can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Solin

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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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 14th (Mon): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zadar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Solin to Zadar takes 2 hours. Traveling from Solin in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zadar, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Smiljan.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours Transportation Outdoors
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Speed Boats Tours

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hours
Smiljan, Croatia

Smiljan
Smiljan is a village in the mountainous region of Western Lika in Croatia. For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Smiljan trip planning site .

You can drive from Zadar to Smiljan in 1.5 hours. In September in Smiljan, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Smiljan

Historic Sites Museums
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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 15th (Tue): make a trip to Baraceve Spilje.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Smiljan to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.
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Baraceve Spilje ©
Baraceve Spilje

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town.

Before you visit Rovinj, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Rovinj takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. September in Rovinj sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town

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Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula and then explore the striking landscape of Kamenjak National Park. On the next day, admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi, deepen your understanding at Aquarium Pula, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, then hunt for treasures at Pula's Marketplace, and finally stop by Dolija 08.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pula trip planning website .

Take a bus from Rovinj to Pula in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Pula, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamenjak National Park
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Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
On the 18th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Pula to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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