16 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

16 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Zakopane, Poland
— 1 night
Bus to Katowice, Fly to Split
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights


Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Royal Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Wieliczka Salt Mine and St. Mary's Basilica. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Rynek (Old Square) Underground.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow online journey planner.

Chicago, USA to Krakow is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Krakow is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get little chillier in Krakow: highs are around 77°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Zakopane, Poland

— 1 night

Winter Capital of Poland

Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Gubalowka has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Gubalowka, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Za Bramka Gorge, then hike along Ku Dziurze Gorge, and finally head outdoors with Sarnia Skala.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zakopane attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Krakow to Zakopane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Krakow in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zakopane, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Split and Beach Drasnice. We've included these beaches for you: Punta Rata Beach and Velika Raduca Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Church Of St. Roch (in Kastel Novi) and Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten (in Primosten). And it doesn't end there: walk around Marjan Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split.

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Getting from Zakopane to Split by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zakopane in August, with highs in Split at 88°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dubrovnik City Walls and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Get outdoors at Sunj Beach and Lopud Island. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Annunciation.

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Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Giorgio Maggiore and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Padua Botanical Garden & Piazza dei Signori). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cannaregio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

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Getting from Dubrovnik to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Poland travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Croatia travel guide

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.