39 days in Italy, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

39 days in Italy, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

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39 days in Italy, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4​h
2
Paros, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
4
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Pula, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry:  3​h 15​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Garda, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
La Spezia, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Milan, Italy
— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens and then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Athens visit planning tool .

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) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Athens reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

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

3
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.
Paros is known for beaches, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Old Port of Naoussa, step off the mainland to explore Parikia Town, steep yourself in history at Lefkes, and kick back and relax at Piso Aliki Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paros online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Athens to Paros by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paros: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Old Port of Naoussa ©
Old Port of Naoussa
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Prokopios Beach, then see the interesting displays at Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis, then contemplate the long history of Old Town, and finally take a stroll through Kastro.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town journey planning website .

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. You will leave for Oia on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Naxos Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Agios Prokopios Beach
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Kastro ©
Kastro
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Get out of town with these interesting Oia side-trips: Kamari Beach (in Kamari), Akrotiri (Red Beach & Akrotiri) and Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, view the masterpieces at Oria Gallery, stop by Replica, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Oia vacation planner.

Getting from Naxos Town to Oia by car takes about 5.5 hours. In September in Oia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings, Perissa Black Sand Beach
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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.
On the 9th (Wed), visit Old Town and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik driving holiday planner .

Getting from Oia to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Oia to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oia in September, expect Dubrovnik to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 20°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off toSplit.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from Split with a short trip to Spanjola in Hvar, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, see Off-Road Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip app .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows 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

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spanjola, Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

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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.
On the 15th (Tue), 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 16th (Wed) 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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Dolija 08, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pula's Marketplace, and finally admire the striking features of Arco dei Sergi.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Pula day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Shopping
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Arco dei Sergi ©
Arco dei Sergi

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, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip maker app .

Drive from Pula to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a shuttle. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cortina d'Ampezzo: Lago di Braies (in Braies) and Tre Cime di Lavaredo (in Auronzo di Cadore). 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 Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Cortina d'Ampezzo are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Lago di Braies, Drau Cycle Route
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Lago di Sorapiss ©
Lago di Sorapiss
Tre Cime di Lavaredo ©
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Rifugio Lagazuoi ©
Rifugio Lagazuoi

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): make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

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

You can drive from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Verona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Garda.

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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nights
Garda, Italy

Garda ©
Lago di Garda has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Garda: Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio) and Lago di Molveno (in Molveno).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Garda itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Verona to Garda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Garda can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Spezia.

Things to do in Garda

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gardaland Park, Borghetto sul Mincio, Lago di Molveno, Mura di Lazise
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Lago di Molveno ©
Lago di Molveno

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Spezia: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Duomo di Pisa, & more), Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Lucca (Torre Guinigi, Piazza Anfiteatro, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll around Vernazza, stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Garibaldi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Spezia tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Garda to La Spezia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Portofino.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Lucca, Pisa, Cinque Terre
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

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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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria d'Arte Portofino, then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbazia di San Fruttuoso.

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 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, Santa Margherita Ligure, Santuario della Madonna dell'Olivo, Baia del Silenzio
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Milan tour itinerary maker app .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back 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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