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
Train
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens and then take a stroll through Monastiraki. On the next day, visit Plaka, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

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Sacramento, USA to Athens is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Sacramento to Athens. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sacramento in August since evenings lows in Athens dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough 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.
Medieval City and Street of the Knights are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Anthony Quinn Bay and Stegna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rhodes Town: Monastery Tsambika (in Kolimbia), Lindos (Lindos Beach & Agios Pavlos Beach) and Pefkos Beach (in Pefkos). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, see some colorful creatures with The Waterhoppers Diving School, don't miss a visit to Mandraki Harbour, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights).

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Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Rhodes Town to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lighthouse and Seitan Limania Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Nicholas Church and Souda Bay War Cemetery. Take a break from Chania Town with a short trip to Lake Kournas in Kournas, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Agia Marina Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner.

Fly from Rhodes Town to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Rhodes Town in August, expect little chillier with lows of 72°F in Chania Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
On the 11th (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, and then make a trip to Pile Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac and then step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik vacation planner.

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 difference when traveling from Chania Town to Dubrovnik is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica, and then take a tour by water with Stupica Excursions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Pula Arena, then get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally stop by Old Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovinj trip builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dubrovnik to Rovinj in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, Rovinj is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica of St. Anthony and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, make a trip to St Mark's Campanile, and visit Dorsoduro.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rovinj to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and train; or ride a ferry. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit Pantheon and Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.