30 days in Greece, Vatican City & Sardinia Itinerary

30 days in Greece, Vatican City & Sardinia Itinerary

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Fly to Santorini, Ferry to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sparta, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Argos, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Fly to Thessaloniki
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Drive to Vatican City
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Vatican City, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Alghero, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa Gallura, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cagliari, Italy
— 3 nights
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of Saint Titus and The Palace of Knossos. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion visit planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Heraklion is an approximately 27.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or fly. Traveling from Brisbane to Heraklion, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Heraklion to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and The Castle of St Nicholas. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mnemossyne Gallery and Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, examine the collection at Cultural Village, step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Pyrgos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Fira driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Heraklion to Fira takes 2.5 hours. April in Fira sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and National Archaeological Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio) and Galliki Skala (in Lavrio). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Athens travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. In April, daytime highs in Athens are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Sparta, Greece

— 3 nights
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Constantine Paleologos, then contemplate the long history of Mystras, then get to know the fascinating history of Archaeological site of Mystra, and finally make a trip to Archaeological site Keadas. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Koumantareios Art Gallery of Sparta, steep yourself in history at The Menelaion, and then take in breathtaking views at Kastora Canyon.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sparta trip app.

Traveling by car from Athens to Sparta takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Sparta when traveling from Athens in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Argos.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Argos, Greece

— 3 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Archaeological Site Mycenae and Archaeological Museum of Tegea. Discover out-of-the-way places like Street Market Tripoli and Byzantine Museum of Argos. Get out of town with these interesting Argos side-trips: Nemea (Ktima Palivou, Estate Constantin Gofas, &more) and War Museum of Tripoli (in Tripoli).

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Argos driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sparta to Argos in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sparta in April since evenings lows in Argos dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Argos

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 2 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of St. Theodora, take in the exciting artwork at Seikilo, steep yourself in history at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), then pause for some serene contemplation at Hagios Demetrios, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Panteleimon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolis Cathedral of Agios Gregorios Palamas, explore the ancient world of Rotunda, then see the interesting displays at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Argos to Thessaloniki with the Route module. Traveling from Argos in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Thessaloniki, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vatican City.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
On the 21st (Thu), do a tasting at Tenuta Santa Lucia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riserva Naturale Regionale Nazzano Tevere-Farfa, take in the exciting artwork at Art Forum Wurth Capena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Necropolis, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vatican City journey planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Thessaloniki to Vatican City. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Vatican City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Alghero.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Alghero, Italy

— 2 nights

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Affacci a mare: Bastioni e Lungomare, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco, delve into the distant past at Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Balai, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Gavino. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Alghero tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Vatican City to Alghero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Alghero are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa Gallura.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Santa Teresa Gallura, Italy

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Mon), examine the collection at Museo del Banditismo, see the interesting displays at MEOC -Museo Etnografico Oliva Carta Cannas, then delve into the distant past at Nuraghe Majori, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Pietro, and finally make a trip to Oratorio del Rosario. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di Longonsardo, stroll through Capo Testa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Rena di Ponente, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Baia Santa Reparata, and finally look for gifts at Enoteca La Bottega.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa Gallura trip builder app.

Drive from Alghero to Santa Teresa Gallura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cagliari.

Things to do in Santa Teresa Gallura

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cagliari, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): ride a horse along Ranch Paky Barroso, get outside with Sella del Diavolo, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dello Sperone, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Efisio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Argiolas Winery, then see the interesting displays at Giardino Sonoro - Pinuccio Sciola, then stroll through Saline Conti Vecchi, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Comunale D'Arte Moderna.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cagliari trip site.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa Gallura to Cagliari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cagliari are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cagliari

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Greece travel guide

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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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Sardinia travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.