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4 week Itinerary for Croatia and Greek Isles?

Hi,

My fiance and I are getting married in Oct but unexpectedly we need to turn things upside down and go on our honeymoon early - leaving in 2 weeks! We have a window of 1 month with our respective workplaces and can leave Sydney 22/7 and return around the 20th August.

We would love some help with our (urgent) itinerary please, initially we were thinking of the Greek Isles only (have been told Santorini and Naxos would suit us) but a friend has just returned form Croatia and they loved it! They said a must see are the Plitvice Lakes and beaches..

Do you think its possible to combine both countries and still have a relaxing holiday? My fiance is burnt out and in desperate need of some R and R. We live in a small town and I have spoken to the two travel agents but neither of them have been to Croatia, and only one to Greece. Both had quite conflicting ideas on what to see and do.

We are both fit and in our early 50's. We love swimming, snorkelling and most watersports, as well as eating, wine, seeing the sights and walking/hiking. Not fussed on nightlife and my partner falls asleep at museums!

We would like the last week of the holiday to just be about relaxing and swimming.

Any ideas?

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Your problem is going to be finding accommodation peak season and at short notice. Certain parts of Europe including Greece and Croatia are going to be very hot.

Personally, I think that Santorini is sooooo over rated - far too many tourists these days and no longer the genuine Greek experience. But they charge a hefty price for the pleasure of staying there. The issue you will have is that there aren't many flights between Greece and Croatia and you will have to fly via Athens.

Croatia is probably like Santorini was 40 years ago. One option would be to combine Venice with Croatia.

If you can hire a car, then start in Istria for at least a week based in Rovinj and explore the hill towns and the coast. Then drive south and explore Plitvica and Krka national parks. Be there early, as they will get busy.

Have a few days in Primosten then go to Trogir and Split. Take a ferry to either Vis (if you can find accommodation) or to Stari Grad on Hvar. Avoid Hvar town, as it is party central, but stay to the north of the island or if you have a car, in Dol, Vrbanj or one of the other inland villages in the hills but near the beaches. Have a week here and rent a cottage. Try Airbnb or Owners Direct. Take a day trip to Brac. Explore Hvar town and the deserted village of Humac. Cycle Stari Grad plain, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Good food and a nice atmosphere.

You can either head back to Split and move on elsewhere or go down to Dubrovnik for a few days. Day trips to Mostar or other islands. Is there any time left for Greece? Probably not!

Depending on how you are getting to Europe, you may want a few days in your first port of call as a city break to get over the jetlag.

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If you want to relax and keep the focus on Greece, there's plenty to see, including on the mainland, bigger islands like Crete, and hundreds of less-talked-about islands.

Between Greece and Croatia, the only practical transportation is a fight, such as between Dubrovnik and Athens; see www.skyscanner.com, for example. Trains are not widespread in either country, especially along the coastlines, so bus or rental car are the land options within one country.