14 days in Dublin, Lake Como & Greek Isles Itinerary

14 days in Dublin, Lake Como & Greek Isles Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Varenna
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to Diagoras Airport, Drive to Lindos
Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Rethymnon
Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive to Chania International Airport, Fly to Washington


Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, walk around Phoenix Park, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington in July; daily highs in Dublin reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
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Varenna, Italy

— 2 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & I Giardini di Villa Melzi) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and get a dose of the wild on Walking Tour Bellagio - Lake of Como.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Varenna trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dublin to Varenna. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Varenna due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in Varenna reach 85°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Lindos, Greece

— 2 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, then kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach, and then kick back and relax at Lindos Beach. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, then kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, and then explore the activities along Epta Piges.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lindos trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Varenna to Lindos. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Varenna in July, Lindos is a bit warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Lindos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Rethymnon, Greece

— 4 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Heraklion Archaeological Museum (in Heraklion) and The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take a leisurely stroll along Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Rethymnon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ireland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."