18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza Navona and Roman Forum. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, take a stroll through Trastevere, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rome travel route planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Abbazia di San Galgano and The Baptistery of St. John. Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Pisa and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Siena Cathedral about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence trip maker .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Galgano, Duomo di Pisa, Duomo di Siena
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

4
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.
Visit Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di San Marco for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice holiday maker tool .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cavtat Old Town and Old Town. Explore hidden gems such as Stradun and Lapad. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Walls of Dubrovnik, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dubrovnik day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Dubrovnik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in September, with highs in Zurich at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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