30 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

30 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Adelaide, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  25 h
2
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
3
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of The Cedars.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide online vacation builder.

Sydney to Adelaide is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Adelaide. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for little chillier days in Adelaide, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Cedars
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Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Get out of town with these interesting Rhodes Town side-trips: Lindos (Village of Lindos, Acropolis of Lindos, &more) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Faliraki Beach, appreciate the history behind Colossus of Rhodes, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Rhodes Town takes 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -7.5 hour difference. Traveling from Adelaide in August, expect Rhodes Town to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lindos, Faliraki Beach, Ancient Kamiros
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach, and explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fira driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Rhodes Town to Fira in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Kamari, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fira to Athens by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In September in Athens, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Stonske zidine - Ulaz (in Ston) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited, and contemplate the long history of Rector's Palace.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik journey maker website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stonske zidine - Ulaz, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery, Spanjola, &more), Sibenik (Sokolarski Raptor Centre & St. Michael's Fortress) and Church Of St. Roch (in Kastel Novi). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo di Diocleziano, examine the collection at Froggyland, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Split trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Split, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hvar, Sibenik, Church Of St. Roch
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

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 20th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Veliki Prstavac, explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park, then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Great Cascades. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes, admire the sheer force of Pevalekovi Slapovi, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, then explore the activities along Lake Milino, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Vir.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Lower Lakes ©
The Lower Lakes
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

5
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Palazzo delle Debite) and Verona (Arena di Verona, Torre dei Lamberti, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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