33 days in Italy, Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

33 days in Italy, Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

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33 days in Italy, Croatia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 4 nights
6
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
train:  2​h
9
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore hidden gems such as Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Civita di Bagnoregio). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, make a trip to Roman Forum, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary tool .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In September, Rome is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cascata delle Marmore
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbazia di San Galgano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Visit The Baptistery of St. John and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore for their historical value. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano) and Duomo di Pisa (in Pisa). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Galgano, Duomo di Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Campo San Maurizio, see the interesting displays at Museo della Musica, explore the world behind art at La Bottega dei Mascareri, then admire the masterpieces at Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvador, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santo Stefano.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Venice visit planning tool .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci ©
Chiesa di San Giorgio dei Greci
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Santa Maria dei Miracoli ©
Santa Maria dei Miracoli

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza dei Signori and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Get some cultural insight at La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda and Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Piazza dei Signori (in Vicenza) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). See even more of Venice: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice planning website .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Padua, La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda, Piazza dei Signori
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Popular historic sites such as St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) and Old Castle (Stari Grad) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Zagreb 80's Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Zagreb: Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan) (in Trakoscan) and Plitvice Lakes National Park (in Plitvice Lakes National Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, get interesting insight from Tours, take an in-depth tour of Tortureum - Museum of Torture, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zagreb travel planner.

Drive from Venice to Zagreb in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Venice in September: high temperatures in Zagreb hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), Old Castle (Stari Grad)
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Historic City of Trogir. Popular historic sites such as Old Split and Diocletian's Palace are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Hvar (Spanjola & Franciscan Monastery) and Omis and Cetina River (in Omis). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, and take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Split road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zagreb in September, with highs in Split at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hvar, Church Of St. Roch, Omis and Cetina River, Historic City of Trogir
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at War Photo Limited and Vlaho Bukovac House. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Walls of Dubrovnik and St. John's Fortress. On the 26th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, get to know the fascinating history of Brsalje Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dominican Monastery.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. September in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Vlaho Bukovac House
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of War and Genocide Victims 1992-1995, contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Stari Most), and then do a tasting at Andrija Wine Cellars.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mostar trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in September since evenings lows in Mostar dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Andrija Wine Cellars
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)

3
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galerija 11/07/95 and Bascarsija. Appreciate the collections at Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 and Svrzo House. Spend the 1st (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, examine the collection at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, browse the collection at Gazi Husrev Begova Biblioteka, and wander the streets of Ferhadija Pedestrian Street.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip itinerary website .

Getting from Mostar to Sarajevo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mostar in September, with highs in Sarajevo at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija

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