14 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

14 days in Italy, Croatia & Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Pantheon. Step off the beaten path and head to Villa Borghese and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Necropolis.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome travel route builder tool.

Chicago, USA to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Storico di Venezia and Cannaregio. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Venice are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Walls of Dubrovnik and Prijeko street are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Stradun, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, stroll through Lapad Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Altstadt Schaffhausen. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wyden Badi and Munot. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Schloss Rapperswil (in Rapperswil) and Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Niederdorf and make a trip to Limmatquai.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Zurich travel route builder website.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, Zurich is slightly colder than Dubrovnik - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. On the 16th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.