42 days in Greece, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

42 days in Greece, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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42 days in Greece, Italy & Croatia Itinerary

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
Bus:  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 see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens trip planning app .

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. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Athens due to the time zone difference. Prepare for 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 Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa), Kamari Beach (in Kamari) and Akrotiri (Akrotiri & Red Beach). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, and explore the galleries of Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Oia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Oia are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to Argostolion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Akrotiri, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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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: Drogarati Cave (in Chaliotata), Lixouri (Statue of Andreas Laskaratos & Petani Beach) and Sami (Melissani Cave & Antisamos Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Skala Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Avithos Beach, and steep yourself in history at Memorial Acqui Division.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Argostolion route builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oia to Argostolion in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Argostolion sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. You'll set off for Athens on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Argostolion

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lixouri, Sami, Kaminia Beach, Xi Beach, Skala Beach
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Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach
Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Sounio to see Temple of Poseidon about 1h 15 min away. Explore Athens further: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Monastiraki, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Athens online road trip planner.

Getting from Argostolion to Athens by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; 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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Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Stefanos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meteora.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kalambaka road trip website.

Drive from Athens to Kalambaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, Kalambaka is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Athens.

Things to do in Kalambaka

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

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Delphi. On the 10th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Delphi.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kalambaka to Athens in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kalambaka in September, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish 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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, take a stroll through Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. In September, Dubrovnik is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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

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Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Split: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanjola). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Split tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Split, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Hvar
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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 20th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park and then admire the sheer force of Veliki Slap.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary builder.

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

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Alpha Strike Laser Tag, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, shop like a local with Pula's Marketplace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, and finally get to know the resident critters at Aquarium Pula. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then explore the striking landscape of Kamenjak National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pula tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Pula can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive 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 ©
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Kamenjak National Park ©
Kamenjak National Park

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To find out how to plan a trip to Venice, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pula to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Verona.

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

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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 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Verona vacation maker tool.

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cortina d'Ampezzo: Tre Cime di Lavaredo (in Auronzo di Cadore) and Lago di Braies (in Braies). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Rifugio Lagazuoi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Sorapiss, head outdoors with Passo Falzarego, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cinque Torri.

Before you visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Verona to Cortina d'Ampezzo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cortina d'Ampezzo are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 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 Trails

Side Trips

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lago di Braies, Drau Cycle Route
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Lago di Sorapiss ©
Lago di Sorapiss
Tre Cime di Lavaredo ©
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Rifugio Lagazuoi ©
Rifugio Lagazuoi

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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, don't miss a visit to Palazzo Carlotti, then explore the activities along Lago di Garda, and finally admire the striking features of Villa degli Albertini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Al Corno Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Borghetto sul Mincio, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Garda day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Garda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Garda are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling 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): explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, then take 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 3rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Garda to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October in Milan, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.

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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Thermopylae Museum, then take in the history at Battlefield of Thermopylae, and then appreciate the history behind Leonidas Monument.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thermopylae online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Milan to Thermopylae. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Milan in October, you will find days in Thermopylae are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thermopylae

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

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