23 days in Greece, Croatia & Malta Itinerary

23 days in Greece, Croatia & Malta Itinerary

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23 days in Greece, Croatia & Malta Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly + Drive:  23​h 30​min
1
Sitia, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Agios Nikolaos, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Naxos, Greece
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h
7
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Sitia, Greece

Sitia ©
Sitia is a port town and a municipality in Lasithi, Crete, Greece. On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Kouremenos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Erimoupolis Beach, and then kick back and relax at Itanos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iera Monh Panagias Fanerwmenhs, stroll through Lagoufa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paralia Mochlos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sitia trip builder tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Sitia is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. While traveling from Cape Town, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sitia, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Agios Nikolaos.

Things to do in Sitia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Itanos Beach, Lagoufa Beach
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Erimoupolis Beach ©
Erimoupolis Beach
Itanos Beach ©
Itanos Beach
Kouremenos Beach ©
Kouremenos Beach

3
nights
Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Visiting Voulisma Beach and Agrilos Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stalis Beach and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Agios Nikolaos: Spinalonga Beach (in Elounda), Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre (in Hersonissos) and Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos (in Gournes).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Agios Nikolaos trip planner .

You can drive from Sitia to Agios Nikolaos in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Spinalonga Beach, Stalis Beach, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Agrilos Beach
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Voulisma Beach ©
Voulisma Beach

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 19th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, then stop by Athos Workshop, then identify plant and animal life at Reptisland, and finally steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Episkopi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Four Martyrs Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon route planner.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Rethymnon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Athos Workshop, Lake Kournas, Episkopi Beach, St. Nicholas Church, Reptisland
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Family-friendly places like Perissa Black Sand Beach and Red Beach will thrill your kids. Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Museum of Prehistoric Thera will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, do a tasting at Santo Winery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Akrotiri LightHouse.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fira trip builder tool .

Ride a ferry from Rethymnon to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santorini, Skaros Rock, Santo Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

3
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Maragas Beach and Paralia Chavai. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kastro and Portara. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, wander the streets of Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyrgaki, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naxos trip site .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In June, daytime highs in Naxos are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Kastro ©
Kastro
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, then get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, then go all around town with City Tours, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Naxos to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

1
day
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, then kick back and relax at Mulini Beach, then wander the streets of STARI GRAD, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia.

Make your Rovinj itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Dubrovnik to Rovinj in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dubrovnik in June, Rovinj is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Rovinj

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Casa Rocca Piccola and Mellieha Air Raid Shelter will appeal to history buffs. Attractions like Xlendi Beach, Cliff and Caves and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Valletta to go to Victoria and see The Citadel, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spinola Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valletta journey builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Rovinj to Valletta in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rovinj in July since evenings lows in Valletta dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Mellieha, Top of the World, Fort Rinella, Mosta Parish, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul
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Casa Rocca Piccola ©
Casa Rocca Piccola
Xlendi Beach, Cliff and Caves ©
Xlendi Beach, Cliff and Caves
Scuba & Snorkeling

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