22 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

22 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly to Zagreb, Bus to Rovinj
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Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens and then stop by Monastiraki. Keep things going the next day: stop by Plaka, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip maker app.

Sacramento, USA to Athens is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Sacramento to Athens, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Sacramento in November, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 4 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Step off the beaten path and head to Street of the Knights and Monastery Tsambika. Get some historical perspective at Medieval City and Mandraki Harbour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Lindos (Lindos Beach & Agios Pavlos Beach), Stegna Beach (in Archangelos) and Pefkos Beach (in Pefkos). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, see some colorful creatures with The Waterhoppers Diving School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Quinn Bay, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rhodes Town trip maker tool.

You can fly from Athens to Rhodes Town in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Rhodes Town are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Greece

— 3 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Agia Marina Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Lighthouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rhodes Town to Chania Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, and then make a trip to Pile Gate. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik holiday planning app.

You can fly from Chania Town to Dubrovnik in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chania Town in November, things will get little chillier in Dubrovnik: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Historic Sites

Rovinj, Croatia

— 2 nights

Istrian Venice

Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica, and then head outdoors with Stupica Excursions. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Pula Arena, then don't miss a visit to Port of Rovinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovinj road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dubrovnik to Rovinj in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in November since evenings lows in Rovinj dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, approximately Padua away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and wander the streets of Dorsoduro.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Rovinj to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and train; or ride a ferry. In November in Venice, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder website.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.

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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.