18 days in Poland, Croatia & Venice Itinerary

18 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
— 3 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, then take 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, then explore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

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Chicago, USA to Krakow is an approximately 12.5-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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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Yam, stroll through Gubalowka Beach, trek along Za Bramka Gorge, then hike 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.

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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 · Trails

Side Trip

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Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

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 Dubovica Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Church Of St. Roch (in Kastel Novi), Hilltop 15th Century Church of St. George in Old Town Primosten (in Primosten) and St. Michael's Fortress (in Sibenik). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Cetina River, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and look for gifts at Origin Croatian Cosmetics.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Zakopane to Split takes 9 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 fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunj Beach and Lopud Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dubrovnik City Walls and Church of the Holy Annunciation. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, stroll through Sveti Jakov Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

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You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and San Giorgio Maggiore. Step off the beaten path and head to Cannaregio and Lido. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take a stroll through Dorsoduro, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

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Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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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.