38 days in Italy, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

38 days in Italy, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

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38 days in Italy, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Paros, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Naxos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Garda, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
La Spezia, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
13
Portofino, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
14
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take a stroll through Plaka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Athens travel route website .

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, Athens is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, then go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa, and finally step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., then look for gifts at Atelier Noe Ceramics, then steep yourself in history at Lefkes, and finally stroll through Kolymbithres Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paros trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Paros in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Paros, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Old Port of Naoussa ©
Old Port of Naoussa
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town

1
night
Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, contemplate the long history of Kastro, then steep yourself in history at Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Portara. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aeolis Aghios Georgios Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Naxos Town trip planner .

You can drive from Paros to Naxos Town in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oia.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Agios Prokopios Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Portara ©
Portara
Kastro ©
Kastro

3
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akrotiri (Red Beach & Akrotiri), Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Kamari Beach (in Kamari). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, look for gifts at Replica, learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, and get great views at Sunset in Oia.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oia trip builder tool .

Getting from Naxos Town to Oia by car takes about 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Kamari Beach
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

3
nights
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, adventure, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery, sample the tasty concoctions at Dubrovnik Beer Company, and take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip website .

You can fly from Oia to Dubrovnik in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Dubrovnik is a bit cooler than Oia - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanjola). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, examine the collection at Museum of Senses Split, and steep yourself in history at Old Split.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Split holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hvar, Church Of St. Roch
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

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.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park holiday builder app .

You can drive from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

3
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.
Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice itinerary planner .

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Venice by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bardolino.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Garda, Italy

Garda ©
Lago di Garda has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Scaliger Castle in Malcesine (in Malcesine), Lago di Molveno (in Molveno) and Lago d'Iseo (in Iseo).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Garda sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Venice to Garda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Garda sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Garda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lago d'Iseo, Lago di Molveno, Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
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Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Lago di Molveno ©
Lago di Molveno
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine ©
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine

3
nights
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. On the 22nd (Tue), grab your bike and head to Drau Cycle Route, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and then explore the activities along Lago di Sorapiss. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Museo all'Aperto delle 5 Torri, admire the sheer force of Cascate di Riva, and then explore the activities along Lago di Braies.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortina d'Ampezzo trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Garda to Cortina d'Ampezzo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Verona.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cascate di Riva, Lago di Braies, Drau Cycle Route
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Lago di Sorapiss ©
Lago di Sorapiss
Tre Cime di Lavaredo ©
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Lago di Braies ©
Lago di Braies

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and then step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Verona itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Verona in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Verona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Spezia.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

3
nights
La Spezia, Italy

La Spezia ©
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Explore La Spezia's surroundings by going to Lucca (Le mura di Lucca, Piazza Anfiteatro, & more), Pisa (Duomo di Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, & more) and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare). The adventure continues: stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano, and take a memorable drive along Ponte Thaon di Revel.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Spezia trip maker .

Drive from Verona to La Spezia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Portofino.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisa, Lucca, Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

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nights
Portofino, Italy

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Explore Portofino's surroundings by going to Santuario di Montallegro (in Rapallo) and Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Margherita Ligure, step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, steep yourself in history at Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, and identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Portofino day trip planning app .

You can take a train from La Spezia to Portofino in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from La Spezia in September since evenings lows in Portofino dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Camogli, Santuario di Montallegro, Santuario della Madonna dell'Olivo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Baia del Silenzio
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Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip site .

Traveling by train from Portofino to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Portofino in October since evenings lows in Milan dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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