15 days in Croatian Islands, Venice & Lake Garda Itinerary

15 days in Croatian Islands, Venice & Lake Garda Itinerary

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Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
1
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h 30 min
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Dublin, Ireland

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Paklina Beach and then kick back and relax at Murvica Beach. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Rendic Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sumartin Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bol holiday builder website.

Dublin, Ireland to Bol is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dublin to Bol, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Bol hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Murvica Beach, Sumartin Beach, Ivan Rendic Gallery
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Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach

5
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Spanjola and Benedictine Monastery. Attractions like Dubovica Beach and Hvar Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mlini Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sveta Nedilja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at Forko souvenir shop.

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You can ride a ferry from Bol to Hvar in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dubovica Beach, Sveta Nedilja
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Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and Basilica di San Marco will thrill your kids. Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Fondazione Bisazza (in Montecchio Maggiore) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and view the masterpieces at Le Stanze del Vetro.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice online travel route planner.

You can fly from Hvar to Venice in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in August, plan for little chillier nights in Venice, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Castelnuovo del Garda.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fondazione Bisazza, Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

Castelnuovo del Garda ©
Castelnuovo del Garda is an Italian comune (municipality), in the Province of Verona, in Veneto, on a couple of morainic hills few kilometers south-east from Garda lake. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Gardaland Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Castelnuovo del Garda trip maker site.

Drive from Venice to Castelnuovo del Garda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Castelnuovo del Garda

Theme Parks
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park

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