18 days in Croatia & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Croatia & Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Croatia & Greece Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 day
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
3
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Platys Gialos, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h
8
Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

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day
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 31st (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Recreational Sports Center Jarun and then get to know the fascinating history of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Zagreb is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Zagreb due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zagreb, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun

2
nights
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in August, you will find days in Plitvice Lakes National Park are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and then steep yourself in history at Old Split. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dubovica, then get great views at Spanjola, and then admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral and then step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar vacation planner.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2 hours. When traveling from Split in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Hvar, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Island of Lokrum and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and War Photo Limited. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, enjoy breathtaking views from Gornji Ugao Tower, don't miss a visit to Dubrovnik Cable Car, and contemplate the long history of Stradun.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip generator.

Ride a ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athens online itinerary creator.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Dubrovnik to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Platys Gialos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

2
nights
Platys Gialos, Greece

Platys Gialos ©
Playtis Gialos, a popular resort on Mykonos, serves as a convenient starting point for regular sightseeing tours of the island's southern coastline.
Visit Paradise Beach and Elia Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Platis Gialos Beach and Super Paradise Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paranga Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Minima Gallery, stroll through Ornos Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Paleokastro.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Platys Gialos trip generator.

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Platys Gialos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in September, plan for slightly colder days in Platys Gialos, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Platys Gialos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Elia Beach, Ornos Beach, Paraga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Platis Gialos Beach ©
Platis Gialos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

3
nights
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Red Beach and Caldera Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Akrotiri and Santo Winery. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eros Beach, trek along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, and tour the water at your own pace with Santorini Yachting.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Akrotiri vacation builder.

Traveling by ferry from Platys Gialos to Akrotiri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In September in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Perivolos, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Captain George Santorini Yachting, Santo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

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