20 days in Lake Como, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

20 days in Lake Como, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

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20 days in Lake Como, Greece & Croatia Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly + Train:  18 h 30 min
1
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 15 min
2
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3 h
3
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: San Diego, United States

2
nights
Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Dervio), Sentiero dei Forti (in Colico) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso, make a trip to Faro voltiano, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Como trip itinerary site .

San Diego, USA to Como is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Como is 9 hours. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Como, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Villa del Balbianello, Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Faro voltiano, Sentiero dei Forti
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Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso ©
Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso
Sentiero dei Forti ©
Sentiero dei Forti
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: Heraklion (Church of Saint Titus, The Natural History Museum of Crete, & more), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos). There's more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town and make a splash at Aqua Creta Limnoupolis.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rethymnon road trip tool .

Getting from Como to Rethymnon by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Como to Rethymnon. Traveling from Como in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rethymnon, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Reptisland, Aqua Creta Limnoupolis
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): kick back and relax at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, and finally Head underground at Zoodochos Pigi Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kamari Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oia online trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Oia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari
Highlights from your plan
Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Moni Osiou Patapiou (in Loutraki) and Corinth (Archea Korinthos & Acrocorinth). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens tour itinerary planning site .

Fly from Oia to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or ride a ferry. June in Athens sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Corinth, Moni Osiou Patapiou
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, take a stroll through Old Town, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Athens to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in July, things will get little chillier in Dubrovnik: highs are around 85°F and lows about 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Go for a jaunt from Split to Hvar to see Dubovica about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, examine the collection at Froggyland, and walk around Marjan Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Split trip planning app .

Take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Split sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dubovica Beach, Gaspina mlinica
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then have some family-friendly fun at Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun. On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

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

You can fly from Split to Zagreb in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Split in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zagreb, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio ©
Legame Studio - VR Gaming Studio

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