23 days in Croatia, Italy & Santorini Itinerary

23 days in Croatia, Italy & Santorini Itinerary

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23 days in Croatia, Italy & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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: steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online visit planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Dubrovnik is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In July, Dubrovnik is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from Split with a short trip to Sokolarski Raptor Centre in Sibenik, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Marjan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Split trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Split can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sokolarski Raptor Centre, Gaspina mlinica
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Venice to Verona to see Arena di Verona about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Split to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Venice when traveling from Split in July, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Arena di Verona
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rome itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Duomo di Ravello), Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Amalfi (Wine Tours & Tastings & Duomo di Sant'Andrea). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, kick back and relax at Fornillo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Naples trip app .

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Naples, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Fornillo, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akrotiri (SYMPOSION by La Ponta & Santo Horse Riding). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fira trip maker tool .

Getting from Naples to Fira by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Oia, Ancient Thera, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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