17 days in Croatia, Tuscany & Montenegro Itinerary

17 days in Croatia, Tuscany & Montenegro Itinerary

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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
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Drive to Sućuraj, Ferry to Drvenik, Drive to Kotor
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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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.
Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Florence is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Florence is 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Barberino Val d'Elsa.
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Barberino Val d'Elsa, Italy — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get into the urban bustle at Comune Di Certaldo, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, steep yourself in history at Walls of Monteriggioni, then make a trip to Via delle Volte, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello Monterinaldi. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Accademia del Buon Gusto and then learn about winemaking at Fattoria di Montemaggio.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Barberino Val d'Elsa road trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Florence to Barberino Val d'Elsa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zadar.
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Zadar, Croatia — 1 night

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 5th (Sat), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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

Traveling by journey from Barberino Val d'Elsa to Zadar takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Barberino Val d'Elsa in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Zadar, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

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 wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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

You can drive from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through Riva Harbor, then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Diocletian's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic City of Trogir, walk around Marjan Park, and then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Split tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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) so you can ride a ferry to Hvar.
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Hvar, Croatia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery and then get active on the water at Ilirio's Hvar Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach, get great views at Spanish Fortress, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar day trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. October in Hvar sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kotor.
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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 11th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Kotor Old City and then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Rocks, make a trip to Kotor City Walls & Fortress, then take in the waterfront at Porto Montenegro, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kotor trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Kotor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Kotor. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): visit Old Town and then head off the coast to Lokrum Island. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pile Gate, then get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip maker website.

Getting from Kotor to Dubrovnik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kotor in October since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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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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Montenegro travel guide

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Historic Sites · Beaches · Bodies of Water
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.
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