19 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

19 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train to Rome, Fly to Split
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paxos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Milos, Greece
— 1 night
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planner.

Austin, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Austin in September, things will get slightly colder in Rome: highs are around 81°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Cinque Terre.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi (in Genoa), Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 14th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Marjan Park, then appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Split day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Florence to Split in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September in Split, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
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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 17th (Sun), head off the coast to Lokrum Island, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, then browse the exhibits of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik planner.

Fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paxos.
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Paxos, Greece — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Erimitis Bay Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Paxos Oasi Sub, and then stroll through Monodendri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): stop by George Apergis Handmade Jewellery, view the masterpieces at Pythias Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Tripitos Arch, then head off the coast to Mongonissi, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Georgios Anemogiannis.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paxos trip maker site.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Paxos by car takes about 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. September in Paxos sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Milos.
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Milos, Greece — 1 night

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Kleftiko Beach and then see some colorful creatures with Oneiro Milos. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paliochori Beach, kick back and relax at Firiplaka Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sarakiniko Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Venetian Castle of Milos.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Milos visit site.

Getting from Paxos to Milos by journey takes about 14 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 24th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Olympus Senses.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fira travel tool.

You can ride a ferry from Milos to Fira in 3 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Before you visit Athens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. September in Athens sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Mon).
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Croatia travel guide

4.6
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.
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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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