20 days in France, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

20 days in France, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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20 days in France, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
2
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Cassis, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
La Croix-Valmer, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Nice, France
— 2 nights
9
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Seattle, United States

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nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip planning site .

Seattle, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Dubrovnik. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Speed Boats Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
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Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 15th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), then learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Split trip app .

You can take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Split are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic) ©
Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic)

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally take advantage of the amenities at Bagni Alberoni. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Dorsoduro, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita.

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You can fly from Split to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visiting Canyon Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Canyon Park
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): trek along Cinque Terre Trails, take a stroll around Vernazza, and then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre day trip site .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cassis.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Nature Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

1
night
Cassis, France

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Plage de la Grande Mer, then take a memorable drive along Calanque de Port-Miou, and then take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cassis trip builder tool .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Cassis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Plage de la Grande Mer ©
Plage de la Grande Mer
Calanque de Port-Miou ©
Calanque de Port-Miou
Port de Cassis ©
Port de Cassis

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night
La Croix-Valmer, France

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Grimaud Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Croix-Valmer itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cassis to La Croix-Valmer in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Grimaud
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach
Port Grimaud ©
Port Grimaud

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Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 25th (Mon), make a trip to Place Massena, then kick back and relax at Castel Plage, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lérins Islands and then sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

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Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Nice takes 2 hours. Traveling from La Croix-Valmer in May, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lérins Islands
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Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Visit Plage du Cavaou and Calanque de Samena for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau). Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, wander the streets of The Panier, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Laser game Evolution, Cours Mirabeau, Plage du Cavaou
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Plage du Cavaou ©
Plage du Cavaou
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

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