19 days in Greece, Saranda & Sardinia Itinerary

19 days in Greece, Saranda & Sardinia Itinerary

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19 days in Greece, Saranda & Sardinia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Saranda, Albania
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Koufonissi, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
4
Cagliari, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Alghero, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Palau, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
San Teodoro, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

2
nights
Saranda, Albania

Saranda ©
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the activities along Vivar Kanal, then step into the grandiose world of Lekuresi Castle, then explore the activities along Blue Eye, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Butrint National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pulebardha Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saranda trip itinerary builder tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Saranda is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Saranda due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Saranda: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Eye, Butrint National Park
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Butrint National Park ©
Butrint National Park
Blue Eye ©
Blue Eye
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle

2
nights
Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town ©
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 14th (Fri): stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, then take a stroll through Kastro, then contemplate the long history of Old Town, and finally delve into the distant past at Portara. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plaka Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Naxos Town road trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Saranda to Naxos Town in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saranda in August: highs in Naxos Town hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koufonissi.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mikri Vigla Beach, Plaka Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach
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Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Kastro ©
Kastro

2
nights
Koufonissi, Greece

Koufonissi ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll through Fanos Beach, kick back and relax at Italida Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pori Beach, and finally stop by Arodou Jewels & Clothes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): make a trip to kato koufonissi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pori Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koufonissi trip planning site .

Getting from Naxos Town to Koufonissi by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koufonissi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cagliari.

Things to do in Koufonissi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pori Beach
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Pori Beach ©
Pori Beach
kato koufonissi ©
kato koufonissi
Arodou Jewels & Clothes ©
Arodou Jewels & Clothes

2
nights
Cagliari, Italy

Cagliari ©
The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Get out of town with these interesting Cagliari side-trips: Villasimius (Porto Giunco & Spiaggia di Punta Molentis), Parco Aymerich (in Laconi) and Spiaggia di Tuerredda (in Teulada). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Poetto, stop by ZiaPeppina Dolci Sardi Artigianali, get engrossed in the history at Casa Zapata Museum, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Universitaria di Cagliari.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cagliari road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koufonissi to Cagliari. The time zone difference when traveling from Koufonissi to Cagliari is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Koufonissi in August: highs in Cagliari hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alghero.

Things to do in Cagliari

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Villasimius, ZiaPeppina Dolci Sardi Artigianali, Spiaggia di Tuerredda, Casa Zapata Museum, Parco Aymerich
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Poetto ©
Poetto
Porto Giunco ©
Porto Giunco
Spiaggia di Tuerredda ©
Spiaggia di Tuerredda

3
nights
Alghero, Italy

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Alghero side-trips: Stintino (La Pelosa Beach, Torre della Pelosa, & more). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Frecce delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Mugoni, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Affacci a mare: Bastioni e Lungomare.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Alghero online attractions planner .

You can drive from Cagliari to Alghero in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Alghero sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palau.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Stintino
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach

2
nights
Palau, Italy

Palau is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, about 220km north of Cagliari and about 30km northwest of Olbia. On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Talmone and then explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Torre di Longonsardo, look for all kinds of wild species at Capo Testa, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Palau travel tool .

Traveling by car from Alghero to Palau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Teodoro.

Things to do in Palau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa Gallura, Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena
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Speed Boats Tours
Capo Testa
Capo Testa

4
nights
San Teodoro, Italy

San Teodoro ©
A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
Explore San Teodoro's surroundings by going to Baunei (Cala Goloritzè & Cala Mariolu), L'Area Naturale Marina Protetta Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo (in Olbia) and Museo Etnografico 'Sa Domo 'e Sos Marras' (in Galtelli). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Spiaggia La Cinta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala Brandinchi, identify plant and animal life at Oasi Biderosa, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Teodoro online day trip planner .

Getting from Palau to San Teodoro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Teodoro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Olbia, Baunei, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cala Brandinchi, Oasi Biderosa
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Spiaggia La Cinta ©
Spiaggia La Cinta
Lu Impostu Beach ©
Lu Impostu Beach
Cala Brandinchi ©
Cala Brandinchi

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