15 days in Croatian Islands, Venice & Lake Garda Itinerary

15 days in Croatian Islands, Venice & Lake Garda Itinerary

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15 days in Croatian Islands, Venice & Lake Garda Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 5 nights
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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Paklina Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ivan Rendic Gallery, examine the collection at Museum uja, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sumartin Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bol trip itinerary planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Bol is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In August, Bol is much hotter than Dublin - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sumartin Beach, Murvica 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.
Get some historical perspective at Franciscan Monastery and Benedictine Monastery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dubovica and Milna. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Forko souvenir shop, steep yourself in history at Spanjola, kick back and relax at Hvar Beach, and stroll through Mlini Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hvar vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Bol to Hvar takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Milna ©
Milna
Hvar Beach ©
Hvar Beach

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.
Attractions like Doge's Palace and Canal Grande make great kid-friendly stops. Popular historic sites such as Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica di San Marco are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Fondazione Bisazza (in Montecchio Maggiore). The adventure continues: make a trip to Piazza San Marco, view the masterpieces at Contini Art Gallery, shop like a local with European Cultural Centre - Palazzo Mora, and explore the galleries of La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Venice itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Hvar to Venice takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in August, Venice is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Castelnuovo del Garda.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scrovegni Chapel, Fondazione Bisazza
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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 ©
On the 17th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Gardaland Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnuovo del Garda tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Venice to Castelnuovo del Garda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Castelnuovo del Garda

Theme Parks
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park

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