32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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1
Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 8 nights
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Ancona, Italy
— 4 nights
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
6
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights

7
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cava Baja Gallery and La Casa Encendida. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Segovia (Valle del Clamores, Old City, &more) and Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, admire the majestic nature at Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Madrid, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in May, expect Madrid to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Segovia, Casco Historico de Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

8
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Picasso and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. Do your shopping at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro), Begur (Playa Sa Riera & L'illa Roja) and Platja de Canyelles (in Lloret de Mar). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, enjoy the sand and surf at La playa de Tamariu, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barcelona attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tamariu, Begur, Platja Port Bo, Museu de la Confitura, Magic House, Col.leccio XEVI
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do your shopping at Via Condotti and ALEFBET. Get outdoors at V Lounge Beach Club and Stabilimento Balneare le Palme. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take a stroll through Trastevere, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ancona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Ancona, Italy

Ancona ©
Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Appreciate the collections at Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino and Pinacoteca Comunale “F. Podesti”. Take a break from the city and head to Baia di Portonovo and Beach of the Two Sisters. Change things up with these side-trips from Ancona: Casa Leopardi (in Recanati), Chiesa di San Pietro (in Sassoferrato) and Azienda Agraria Guerrieri (in Piagge). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Frasassi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Della Santa Casa, stroll through Spiaggia dei Sassi Neri, and take some stellar pictures from Rione del Passetto.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ancona online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ancona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Ancona sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Zadar.

Things to do in Ancona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sirolo, Grotte di Frasassi, Casa Leopardi, Chiesa di San Pietro, Santuario Della Santa Casa
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Azienda Agraria Guerrieri ©
Azienda Agraria Guerrieri
Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano ©
Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano
Baia di Portonovo ©
Baia di Portonovo

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum Zadar, look for gifts at Natura Zara, thendon't miss a visit to The Forum, thensteep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Ancona to Zadar in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Illusions ©
Museum of Illusions
Archaeological Museum Zadar ©
Archaeological Museum Zadar
Natura Zara ©
Natura Zara

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll get in some beach time at Mekicevica Beach and Paklina Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hvar Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Jaksic Gallery (in Donji Humac), Senjkovic Winery (in Nerezisca) and Spanjola (in Hvar). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, kick back and relax at Dubovica Beach, view the masterpieces at Jaman Art, and get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Split itinerary planner.

Getting from Zadar to Split by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Split sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hvar, Skrip, Jaksic Gallery, Paklina Beach, Senjkovic Winery
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Jaksic Gallery ©
Jaksic Gallery
Museum uja ©
Museum uja
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip ©
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip

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