Greece, Croatia, and Switzerland Itinerary (30 Days)

For Julie and I, this itinerary was about our first European trip together. And like most people who visit Europe for the first time, we visited multiple countries - Greece, Croatia, and Switzerland. We self drove for most of our time in Greece and Croatia. However, we relied on trains and buses in Switzerland. If we're lucky enough to have another visit to Switzerland, I might consider driving there for that added flexibility. Anyways, given those constraints, we further tried to balance seeing the signature sights of each country along with waterfalls. The main waterfalling goal was to finally see the Plitvice Waterfalls. We also wanted to see Greece Waterfalls, but we only managed to visit one since we didn't know of that many of them at the time. In addition to waterfalling goals, we had hit most of the non-waterfalling attractions we had targeted like Oia (Santorini), Split, Dubrovnik, Athens, Meteora, etc. Indeed, there was a lot of stuff to balance, and I still long for a return trip (especially to Croatia and Greece) to visit more waterfalls in those countries.

Another thing worth mentioning was that there was unseasonably bad weather that we encountered in each of the countries (but probably worst hit in Croatia). So that kind of impacted some of the things we wanted to do, but that just goes to show you that you can plan to do stuff before going on your trip, but then when you're actually there, you have to adjust your expectations based on the reality of what's going on. Finally, another thing about this trip that we remembered vividly was that Julie was pregnant and she started to have symptoms of morning sickness. And as luck would have it, cheese made her nauseous, which meant that she had a hard time enjoying the cheese fondues that the Swiss were famous for. Now that there was an unborn child, we even had to be real careful about cigarette smoke as well as high altitudes, especially in Switzerland.

Day Overnight Activity
1-2 Olympia, Greece
Hotel Europa
Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Ancient Olympia
3 Santorini, Greece
Nonis Apartments
Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidavros, Car Rental Dropoff, Travel
4 Santorini, Greece
Nonis Apartments
Car Rental Pickup, Kamari, Akrotiri, Oia
5 Athens, Greece
Central Hotel
Ancient Thira, Megalohori, Fira, Oia, Car Rental Return, Travel
6 Athens, Greece
Central Hotel
Acropolis, National Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora
7 Athens, Greece
Central Hotel
Acropolis Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
8 Meteora, Greece
Alsos House
Car Rental Pickup, Ancient Delphi
9 Meteora, Greece
Alsos House
Meteora Monasteries
10 Thessaloniki, Greece
Hotel Olympia
Litochoro (Mt Olympus), White Tower
11 Thessaloniki, Greece
Hotel Olympia
Edessa Waterfalls, White Tower, Macedonia Archaeological Museum
12-12 Zagreb, Croatia
Hotel Jagerhorn
Eptapyrgio, Byzantine Walls, Car Rental Return, Travel, Car Rental Pickup, Zagreb
13 Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Hotel Bellevue
Plitvice Waterfalls
14 Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Hotel Bellevue
Plitvice Waterfalls
15 Skradin, Croatia
Hotel Skradinski Buk
Plitvice Waterfalls, Skradinski Buk (Krka Waterfalls), Skradin
16 Split, Croatia
Salvezani Apartments
Roski Slap (Krka Waterfalls), Visovac, Split
17 Split, Croatia
Salvezani Apartments
Split
18 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Renata Apartments
Dubrovnik
19 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Renata Apartments
Dubrovnik
20 Interlaken, Switzerland
Hotel Lotschberg
Car Rental Return, Travel
21 Interlaken, Switzerland
Hotel Lotschberg
Jungfraujoch, Staubbach Falls
22 Interlaken, Switzerland
Hotel Lotschberg
Shilthorn, Murrenbach Falls, AEgertenbach Falls, Trummelbach Falls
23 Interlaken, Switzerland
Hotel Lotschberg
Reichenbach Falls, Giessbach Falls, Other Swiss Waterfalls
24 Interlaken, Switzerland
Hotel Lotschberg
Bern
25 Interlaken, Switzerland
Hotel Lotschberg
Zermatt
26 Luzern, Switzerland
Hotel Waldstatter
Luzern (Lucerne)
27 Zurich, Switzerland
Hotel Montana
Zurich
28 Zurich, Switzerland
Hotel Montana
Rhine Falls, Stein am Rhein
29 Zurich, Switzerland
Hotel Montana
Seerenbach Falls, Zurich
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