42 days in Greece, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

42 days in Greece, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22 h
1
Athens, Greece
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h
2
Oia, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Argostolion, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Athens, Greece
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
13
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
14
Garda, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
15
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
16
Thermopylae, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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Athens, Greece

Athens
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Athens itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Athens. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. You'll set off for Oia on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Athens

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kamari (Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop & Kamari Beach), Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and browse the exhibits of Oria Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Oia attractions planner.

Getting from Athens to Oia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Oia: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. You'll set off for Argostolion on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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Argostolion, Greece

Argostolion ©
A modern town with a traditional character, Argostolion draws visitors with museums, gardens, squares, pedestrianized shopping streets, and a cobbled seaside promenade.
Change things up with these side-trips from Argostolion: Sami (Melissani Cave & Antisamos Beach), Lixouri (Statue of Andreas Laskaratos & Petani Beach) and Drogarati Cave (in Chaliotata). There's still lots to do: stroll through Avithos Beach, explore the activities along Kaminia Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Skala Beach, and go for a walk through Drapano Bridge (De Bosset).

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Argostolion trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oia to Argostolion takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Argostolion are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for Athens on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Argostolion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sami, Lixouri, Skala Beach, Xi Beach, Makris Gialos Beach
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Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach
Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Step out of Athens to go to Sounio and see Temple of Poseidon, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Explore Athens further: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip site.

You can fly from Argostolion to Athens in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Stefanos, steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), thenadmire the natural beauty at Varlaam Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Meteora.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kalambaka visit planner.

Traveling by car from Athens to Kalambaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, things will get little chillier in Kalambaka: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites Parks
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Meteora ©
Meteora
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)
Varlaam Monastery ©
Varlaam Monastery

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Delphi. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Delphi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Athens travel route app.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, Athens is somewhat warmer than Kalambaka - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Delphi
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Delphi ©
Delphi

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery, and step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in September, things will get little chillier in Dubrovnik: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. You will leave for Split on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanjola). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Senses Split.

Plan a Split trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Hvar
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Veliki Slap
Veliki Slap

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Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, hunt for treasures at Pula's Marketplace, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, and finally get to know the resident critters at Aquarium Pula. On your second day here, experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kamenjak National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pula trip maker app.

Drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Pula are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamenjak National Park, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil ©
Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

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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.
Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pula to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, thenexplore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, thenexperience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti.

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You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Verona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Nightlife
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Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo ©
Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Explore Cortina d'Ampezzo's surroundings by going to Tre Cime di Lavaredo (in Auronzo di Cadore) and Lago di Braies (in Braies). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Rifugio Lagazuoi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Sorapiss, get outside with Passo Falzarego, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Giro del Nuvolau.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cortina d'Ampezzo trip planner.

Drive from Verona to Cortina d'Ampezzo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cortina d'Ampezzo can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Garda.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Drau Cycle Route, Lago di Braies
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Lago di Sorapiss ©
Lago di Sorapiss
Rifugio Lagazuoi ©
Rifugio Lagazuoi
Tre Cime di Lavaredo ©
Tre Cime di Lavaredo

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Garda, Italy

Garda ©
Lago di Garda has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get outside with La Rocca, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Carlotti, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa degli Albertini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Al Corno Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Scaligero.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Garda route builder website.

Drive from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Garda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Garda, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.

Things to do in Garda

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Borghetto sul Mincio, Castello Scaligero
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Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, and then contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Milan road trip planning app.

You can drive from Garda to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Thermopylae.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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Thermopylae, Greece

Thermopylae ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Thermopylae Museum, thenwitness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield of Thermopylae, and then appreciate the history behind Leonidas Monument.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Thermopylae trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Milan to Thermopylae. Traveling from Milan to Thermopylae, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in October, expect nights in Thermopylae to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thermopylae

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Battlefield of Thermopylae ©
Battlefield of Thermopylae
Leonidas Monument ©
Leonidas Monument

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