15 days in Italy, Croatia & Bled Itinerary

15 days in Italy, Croatia & Bled Itinerary

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15 days in Italy, Croatia & Bled Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Seattle, United States


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1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Trastevere, Colle del Gianicolo, Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, visit Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally contemplate the long history of Colle del Gianicolo. On your second day here, make a trip to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the natural beauty at Villa d'Este, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Rome is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Rome. Traveling from Seattle in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 90°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Villa d'Este, St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Florence sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ponte di Rialto as well as St Mark's Campanile. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, stop by I Tre Mercanti, wander the streets of Dorsoduro, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Venice online attractions planner.

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 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trieste.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Strada Vicentina, Golfo di Trieste, Carso Triestino, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trieste trip builder.

Traveling by car from Venice to Trieste takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Trieste are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Bled.

Things to do in Trieste

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carso Triestino ©
Carso Triestino
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©
Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba ©

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Postojna Cave, Lake Bled and Ljubljana Old Town. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Bled and then Head underground at Postojna Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bled tour planner.

Traveling by car from Trieste to Bled takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Trieste in September, things will get slightly colder in Bled: highs are around 69°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Postojna Cave, Ljubljana Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Bled to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Historic City of Trogir, Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Dubovica Beach, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, then kick back and relax at Dubovica Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Historic City of Trogir. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Split, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then stop by Split Fish Market.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Split trip site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Split sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Historic City of Trogir, Dubovica Beach
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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