18 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

18 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

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Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Zakopane, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
3
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Chicago, United States


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3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, and finally contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park, examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, thenexplore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Krakow is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Krakow is 7 hours. In August, Krakow is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zakopane.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums
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Planty Park ©
Planty Park
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

1
night
Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Yam, head outdoors with Gubalowka Beach, trek along Za Bramka Gorge, thenhike along Ku Dziurze Gorge, and finally get outside with Sarnia Skala. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Morskie Oko and then head outdoors with Czarny Staw Gasienicowy.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zakopane trip builder.

Drive from Krakow to Zakopane in 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

Side Trip

Lake Morskie Oko
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Gubalowka Beach ©
Gubalowka Beach
Sarnia Skala ©
Sarnia Skala
Czarny Staw Gasienicowy ©
Czarny Staw Gasienicowy

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get in touch with nature at Marjan Park and Punta Rata Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Split and Omis and Cetina River. Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten (in Primosten), St. Michael's Fortress (in Sibenik) and Church Of St. Roch (in Kastel Novi). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, step into the grandiose world of Tvrdalj Castle, and look for gifts at Origin Croatian Cosmetics.

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Traveling by flight from Zakopane to Split takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit 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 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Omis, Dubovica Beach, Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten, St. Michael's Fortress, Punta Rata Beach
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Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunj Beach and Lokrum Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dubrovnik City Walls and Minceta Fortress. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Lopud Island, steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Annunciation, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik vacation planner.

You can drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sunj Beach, Cavtat Old Town
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Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Step off the beaten path and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, wander the streets of Dorsoduro, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and visit Cannaregio.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Venice sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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