16 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Croatia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 3 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
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Bari, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Positano (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Fornillo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno, and explore the galleries of Galleria Borbonica.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naples vacation builder website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Naples is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Naples is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Naples are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salerno.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Salerno, Italy

— 3 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Paestum Ruins. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then explore and take pictures at Amalfi Coast, and finally make a trip to Promenade Trieste.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salerno tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Naples to Salerno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naples in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Salerno. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Palermo, Italy

— 4 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo) and Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, ponder the design of Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria), and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Palermo online route planner.

Getting from Salerno to Palermo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bari.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Bari, Italy

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare e Murat and then don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari. On the next day, make a trip to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bari day trip planning website.

You can fly from Palermo to Bari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bari are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

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 28th (Wed): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik and then visit Old Town.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip builder.

You can ride a ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zadar trip planner.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Zadar in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Zadar, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Transportation · Outdoors · Tours
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Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Split online trip maker.

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Split when traveling from Zadar in October, with lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.