21 days in Croatia, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

21 days in Croatia, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Krk Island, Croatia
— 1 day
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 day
Train to Izmir, Fly to Athens
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights


Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

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.
Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, get some thrills on the water with Dubrovnik Boat Rentals, steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik attractions planning tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Dubrovnik is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Zagreb.
Tours · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, make a trip to Tkalciceva Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dolac Market, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Recreational Sports Center Jarun.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zagreb travel route builder.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in June, plan for little chillier nights in Zagreb, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Krk Island.
Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Krk Island, Croatia — 1 day

A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Baska, enjoy the sand and surf at Stara Baska (Old Baska), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Trinity - Baska, and finally make a trip to Vrbnik.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Krk Island day trip planner.

Drive from Zagreb to Krk Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Zagreb in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Krk Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Split.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historic City of Trogir and then stroll through Marjan Park.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Split day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Krk Island to Split in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Split sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trip

Goreme, Turkey — 1 night

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 18th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Split to Goreme in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Split to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Split in June, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip

Pamukkale, Turkey — 1 day

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 20th (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale holiday planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

Make your Athens itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Pamukkale to Athens in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Pamukkale to Athens, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Athens are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Fira.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Fira, Greece — 4 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, make a trip to Sunset in Oia, hit all the best shops with Sand Lily Boutique, and stop by Koukla Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fira tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In June in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Croatia travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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

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.