27 days in Greece, Lisbon & Croatia Itinerary

27 days in Greece, Lisbon & Croatia Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Paros, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mykonos, Fly to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 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
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Drive to Stari Grad, Ferry to Split, Drive to Sibenik
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Sibenik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, wander the streets of Alfama, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning tool.

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Lisbon, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Lisbon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lindos, Greece

— 3 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lindos: Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda) and Art Park Rhodes (in Archipoli). Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agathi Beach, look for gifts at Kori Lindos, and explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lindos day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Lisbon to Lindos in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Lindos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lindos, with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Fri), meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Castello del Molo (Koules), take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally stop by Nerium Oleander.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion day trip website.

Getting from Lindos to Heraklion by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In September in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Paros.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Paros, Greece

— 2 nights

Poor Man's Mykonos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Piso Aliki Beach, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Parou, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, then steep yourself in history at Lefkes, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Marathi Marble Quarries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., look for gifts at Memories Jewellery, and then head off the coast to Parikia Town.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paros sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Paros takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Paros sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Paros

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pile Gate and then stop by Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Paros to Dubrovnik in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Paros in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dubrovnik, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Museums

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: cast your line with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, and examine the collection at House of Marco Polo.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Hvar is known for adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Spanish Fortress, relax and rejuvenate at Massage Studio Pharos, step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, and admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hvar route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Korcula Town to Hvar takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sibenik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Sibenik, Croatia

— 2 nights
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Krka National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Archipelago Tours and then learn about winemaking at Rak Winery.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sibenik road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hvar to Sibenik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades.

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Drive from Sibenik to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and then appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace.

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Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Split sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

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.

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.