44 days in Greece, Split & Cinque Terre Itinerary

44 days in Greece, Split & Cinque Terre Itinerary

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44 days in Greece, Split & Cinque Terre Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly + Subway:  26 h
1
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Subway + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Milos, Greece
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 8 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Split, Croatia
— 7 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 15 min
6
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 7 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  29 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Let the collections at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio), Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate) and Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade & Archaeological Museum of Nauplion). There's lots more to do: visit Plaka, kick back and relax at Chiliadou Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and wander the streets of Anafiotika.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Athens is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Athens. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in June, with highs in Athens at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Milos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mycenae, Nafplio, Chiliadou Beach, Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate

7
nights
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Let the collections at Archaeological museum of Milos and Sand Museum capture your imagination. Visit Sarakiniko Beach and Firiplaka Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Milos: Goupa Kara Beach (in Goupa Kara) and Prassa Beach (in Kimolos). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gerontas Beach and stroll through Thiorichia Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Milos attractions planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Milos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Milos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fira.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kimolos
Highlights from your plan
Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach
Tsigrado Beach ©
Tsigrado Beach

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Relax by the water at Perivolos and Red Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Skaros Rock. Take a break from Fira with a short trip to SYMPOSION by La Ponta in Akrotiri, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Fira journey tool .

You can drive from Milos to Fira in 4.5 hours. July in Fira sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari, Imerovigli, Oia, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perivolos ©
Perivolos

8
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
You'll get in some beach time at Karydi and Koviou Beach. Visit Ladadika District and Hagios Demetrios for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thessaloniki: The Castle of Kavala (in Kavala), Sarti Beach (in Sarti) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalogria Beach, explore the ancient world of Rotunda, take a memorable tour with Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kallitheas Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Fira to Thessaloniki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Fira in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Thessaloniki, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vourvourou, Nikitis, Nikiti, Trani Ammouda Beach, Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
Highlights from your plan
Kallitheas Beach ©
Kallitheas Beach
Kalogria Beach ©
Kalogria Beach

7
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Visit Historic City of Trogir and Spanjola for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Old Split and The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik. Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Dubovica Beach (in Zarace), Omis and Cetina River (in Omis) and Trogir (The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower & Kairos Collection). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a stroll through Riva Harbor, kick back and relax at Firule Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Split in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Thessaloniki to Split is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Split are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Trogir, Omis and Cetina River, Church Of St. Roch, Punta Rata Beach, The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik
Highlights from your plan
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Punta Rata Beach ©
Punta Rata Beach

7
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Baptistery of St. John and Galata Museo del Mare. Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi and Abbazia di San Fruttuoso will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Genoa (Dialogo nel Buio & Via Giuseppe Garibaldi), Porto Venere (Isola Palmaria, San Pietro Church, &more) and Tellaro (Chiesa di San Giorgio & Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio, stroll the grounds of Camposanto, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Split to Cinque Terre in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Split in July since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 21°C. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Genoa, Parma, Porto Venere, Camogli, Tellaro
Highlights from your plan
Galata Museo del Mare ©
Galata Museo del Mare
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro ©
Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro

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