30 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

30 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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30 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Adelaide, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
2
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + ferry:  5​h 15​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Cedars.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide tour builder site .

Sydney to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Adelaide: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

The Cedars
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Explore Rhodes Town's surroundings by going to Lindos (Village of Lindos, Acropolis of Lindos, & more) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Faliraki Beach, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and appreciate the history behind Colossus of Rhodes.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Rhodes Town takes 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in August; daily highs in Rhodes Town reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lindos, Ancient Kamiros, Faliraki Beach
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Go for a jaunt from Fira to Akrotiri to see Santo Horse Riding about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, and kick back and relax at Kamari Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip itinerary website .

Fly from Rhodes Town to Fira in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Kamari, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Archaeological Site Mycenae about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and take a stroll through Plaka.

Before you visit Athens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic) and Stonske zidine - Ulaz (in Ston). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, browse the collection at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and stop by Break Time Dubrovnik.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip planner .

Fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stonske zidine - Ulaz, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
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, & more) and Sibenik (Sokolarski Raptor Centre & St. Michael's Fortress). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and do a tasting at Putalj Winery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Split trip planner .

You can take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hvar, Sibenik, Church Of St. Roch
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

2
nights
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 at Veliki Prstavac, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes, admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Milanovacki Slap, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Milino, and finally explore the activities along Lake Vir.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park journey app .

Getting from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Palazzo delle Debite) and Verona (Arena di Verona, Torre dei Lamberti, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Venice holiday planner .

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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