27 days in Croatia, Zakynthos & Crete Itinerary

27 days in Croatia, Zakynthos & Crete Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Stari Grad, Taxi to Hvar
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Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Drive
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Venice, Fly to Zakinthos
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Tsilivi (Planos), Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Elafonissi, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. On the 26th (Thu), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, visit Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and make a trip to Pile Gate.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip planning website.

Chicago, USA to Dubrovnik is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 3 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Korcula Town is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn the secrets of beer at Korcula Explorer, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls, and don't miss a visit to Kula Morska Vrata.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Hvar, Croatia

— 3 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
On the 1st (Wed), learn about winemaking at Tomic Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica Beach, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, head off the coast to Jerolim, and then get great views at Spanish Fortress.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar online sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Step out of Split with an excursion to Historic City of Trogir in Trogir--about 46 minutes away. Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, stop by Nadalina cokolada, steep yourself in history at Old Split, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Split online itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Split can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 6th (Mon), you're off to Pula.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Pula, Croatia

— 2 nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), experience rural life at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then delve into the distant past at Pula Arena. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Brijuni.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pula trip planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Pula by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Pula can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tsilivi (Planos).

Things to do in Pula

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tsilivi (Planos), Greece

— 3 nights
A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsilivi (Planos): Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria) and Goumas Estate - Art & Wine Winery (in Maries). There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, learn about winemaking at Grampsas Winery, learn about all things military at History War Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Relax Spa & Beauty.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tsilivi (Planos) travel route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Pula to Tsilivi (Planos) in 9 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pula to Tsilivi (Planos). Traveling from Pula in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tsilivi (Planos): highs are around 83°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Tsilivi (Planos)

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Greece

— 3 nights
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
Explore Elafonissi's surroundings by going to Museum of platanias (in Kefali), Agia Kiriaki Church (in Varipetro) and Kandanos War Memorial (in Kandanos). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach, don't miss a visit to Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspri Limni Beach, and trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tsilivi (Planos) to Elafonissi takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Elafonissi are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

— 3 nights
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia) and Matala beach (in Matala). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip builder app.

You can drive from Elafonissi to Heraklion in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Heraklion are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Islands
Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.