31 days in Greece, Republic of North Macedonia & Croatia Itinerary

31 days in Greece, Republic of North Macedonia & Croatia Itinerary

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31 days in Greece, Republic of North Macedonia & Croatia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Shuttle:  26​h
1
Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hersonissos, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Oia, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Balos Lagoon (in Kissamos) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi). The adventure continues: stroll through Old Venetian Harbor, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, explore the striking landscape of Samaria Gorge National Park, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chania Town online trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Chania Town is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Chania Town, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Chania Town hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Balos Lagoon, Elafonissi Beach, Samaria Gorge National Park, German War Cemetery, Souda Bay War Cemetery
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Reptisland (in Melidoni), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Lake Kournas (in Kournas). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Monastery of Preveli, explore the world behind art at Folk Museum of Spili, and take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

Plan trip to Rethymnon with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kournas, Reptisland, Athos Workshop, St. Nicholas Church, Folk Museum of Spili
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi

2
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni, and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, stop by Irida Family Workshop, then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally meet the residents at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Hersonissos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In June in Hersonissos, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Heraklion, Lake Voulismeni, The Palace of Knossos, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

5
nights
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oia: Akrotiri (Akrotiri, Red Beach, & more), Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Kamari (Kamari Beach & Ancient Thera). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, stop by Sand Lily Boutique, learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oia attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Hersonissos to Oia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hersonissos in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Oia, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bitola.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Fira, Kamari, Perissa Black Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

1
night
Bitola, Republic of North Macedonia

Bitola ©
Bitola is a city in the southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Heraclea Lyncestis, then stroll the grounds of Memorial d'Orient, then take an in-depth tour of Auto & Ethno Museum Filip, and finally walk around National Park Pelister.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bitola road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Oia to Bitola takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oia to Bitola due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Bitola when traveling from Oia in June, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Bitola

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Heraclea Lyncestis ©
Heraclea Lyncestis
National Park Pelister ©
National Park Pelister

3
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Step out of Skopje to go to Tetovo and see Xhamia E Larme, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Macedonia Square, browse the exhibits of Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and wander the streets of Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip app .

You can drive from Bitola to Skopje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bitola in June: highs in Skopje hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Xhamia E Larme
Highlights from your plan
Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Split: River Rafting & Tubing (in Omis) and Hvar (Spanjola, Franciscan Monastery, & more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano, make a trip to Gaspina mlinica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Roko, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Split journey planning site .

Getting from Skopje to Split by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Skopje in July since evenings lows in Split dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hvar, Gaspina mlinica, River Rafting & Tubing, Church Of St. Roch
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

6
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.
Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, and take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. July in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Vino Spaleta
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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