32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

32 days in Croatia, Spain & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  16 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 8 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Ancona, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry:  9 h
5
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Edmonton, Canada

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 Gran Via. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza 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). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, take in the exciting artwork at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, and get outside with Picnic Madrid.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in May, with highs in Madrid at 28°C and lows at 13°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
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 En construccio. Do your shopping at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Begur (Playa Sa Riera & L'illa Roja), Platja de Canyelles (in Lloret de Mar) and Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Begur, Tamariu, Museu de la Confitura, Platja de Canyelles, Camino de Ronda
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
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 Soqquadro APS. Get outdoors at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme and Mediterranea. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, view the masterpieces at ALEFBET, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and kick back and relax at V Lounge Beach Club.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, 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 do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ancona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

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 Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano and Pinacoteca Comunale “F. Podesti”. Take a break from the city and head to Baia di Portonovo and Grotte di Frasassi. Change things up with these side-trips from Ancona: Beach of the Two Sisters (in Sirolo), Casa Leopardi (in Recanati) and Azienda Agraria Guerrieri (in Piagge). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro, have fun and explore at Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino, head outdoors with Mezzavalle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria della Piazza.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ancona road trip planning tool.

Getting from Rome to Ancona by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ancona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Zadar.

Things to do in Ancona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sirolo, Chiesa di San Pietro, Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano, Azienda Agraria Guerrieri, Casa Leopardi
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Azienda Agraria Guerrieri ©
Azienda Agraria Guerrieri
Baia di Portonovo ©
Baia di Portonovo
Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano ©
Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano

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 wine & more, then don't miss a visit to The Forum, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Illusions.

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

Ride a ferry from Ancona to Zadar in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°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 wine & more ©
Natura Zara wine & more

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 Paklina Beach and Mekicevica Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hvar Beach and Marjan Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Jaksic Gallery (in Donji Humac), Spanjola (in Hvar) and Senjkovic Winery (in Nerezisca). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum uja, do a tasting at Bedalov Winery, explore the world behind art at Jaman Art, and get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Split trip planner.

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Split are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hvar, Skrip, Dubovica Beach, Jaksic Gallery, Paklina Beach
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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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