19 days in Greece & Croatia Itinerary

19 days in Greece & Croatia Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Split, Croatia
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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Glyfada Beach and Seahorse Dive Center. Change things up with a short trip to Corinth Canal in Isthmia (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, view the masterpieces at Eleni Marneri Galerie, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Athens is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Athens, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 84°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Panormos Beach. Aegean Maritime Museum and Archaeological Museum of Mykonos will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Little Venice, stroll through Elia Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Athens in September, you will find days in Mykonos Town are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Heraklion.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matala Beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Museum-lovers will appreciate Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mykonos Town to Heraklion takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Heraklion are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Heraklion

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lokrum Island and Sunj Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum and Art by Stjepko. Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, get engrossed in the history at War Photo Limited, kick back and relax at Srebreno Beach, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip maker site.

Fly from Heraklion to Dubrovnik in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Heraklion to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Heraklion in October; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 70°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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.
Visiting Krka National Park and Marjan Park will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum uja and Galerija Mestrovic. Change things up with a short trip to The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip in Skrip (about 1h 25 min away).

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Split sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Split in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Split can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

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.