18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

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1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Explore hidden gems such as Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola and Musei Capitolini. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Rome at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Piazzale Michelangelo and Duomo di Siena. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Abbazia di San Galgano for their historical value. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Duomo di Pisa in Pisa, approximately Pisa away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Florence travel route tool.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Duomo di Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Duomo di Pisa
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Wine Tours & Tastings
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannaregio and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish 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
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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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.
Dubrovnik City Walls and Cavtat Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Lovrijenac and Lapad. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and don't miss a visit to Stradun.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik visit planner.

You can fly from Venice to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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

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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): wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, expect Zurich to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Lake Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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