17 days in Switzerland & Croatia Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Zermatt
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry to Split, Fly to Charlotte


Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Gornergrat, then cast your line with Fly Fish Zermatt, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and then stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planning site.

Charlotte, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.
Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Nature
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, then take a stroll through Alpiglen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Keep things going the next day: stop by Vogts Corner and then examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip app.

Getting from Zermatt to Grindelwald by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovinj.
Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Rovinj, Croatia — 3 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum Olei Histriae and Main Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pula Arena and Old Town. Explore Rovinj's surroundings by going to Pula (Benazic Winery & MEMO Museum Pula). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and do a tasting at Stancija Collis.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovinj road trip planning website.

Getting from Grindelwald to Rovinj by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Rovinj, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Split.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Side Trip
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Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 5th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Jaksic Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Diocletians Dream, make a trip to Split Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Split Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally explore the world behind art at Jaman Art.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Split trip maker app.

Getting from Rovinj to Split by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Visit Walls of Dubrovnik and Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Art by Stjepko. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, steep yourself in history at Fort Bokar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Mary of the Castle, and get your bearings at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dubrovnik vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hvar.
Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
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Hvar, Croatia — 2 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Stephen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikole Church. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Stari Grad Museum, then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and then take some stellar pictures from Spanish Fortress.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hvar holiday planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Croatia travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.