18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

Start: Venice, Italy
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Pisa, Italy
— Few hours
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
subway:  30​min
5
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 day
subway:  30​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
8
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
9
Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
10
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  1​h
11
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
End: Athens, Greece

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doge's Palace, Basilica di San Marco, Ponte di Rialto, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Venice Marco Polo Airport, Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport and Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Ponte di Rialto ©
Ponte di Rialto

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, Fontana del Porcellino, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and then hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, admire the local landmark of Fontana del Porcellino, take a stroll through Piazza della Repubblica, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Florence day trip planner.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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hours
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leaning Tower of Pisa. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pisa visit planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Obelisco del Pincio, Giardino degli Aranci, Musei Capitolini, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Giardino degli Aranci, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, snap pictures at Ponte Sant'Angelo, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally make a trip to Spanish Steps.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site .

Fly from Pisa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Pisa in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
day
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Vatican Gardens has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Vatican Gardens, admire the striking features of Vatican Museums, then admire the masterpieces at Sistine Chapel, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally pause for some photo ops at La Pieta.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vatican City itinerary planner.

Vatican City is just a stone's throw from Rome. In May, daily temperatures in Vatican City can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome
For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip tool .

Rome is just a stone's throw from Vatican City. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites
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1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Acropolis Museum, Herod Atticus Odeon, Temple of Athena Nike, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Parthenon, delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, then explore the ancient world of Erechtheion, then contemplate the long history of Herod Atticus Odeon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

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

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Athens. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Parthenon ©
Parthenon

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nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Imbros Gorge, gorges of Theriso, Balos Lagoon, and other attractions. On the 19th (Sun), stroll through Elafonissi Beach, make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, and then make a trip to gorges of Theriso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Imbros Gorge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chania Town tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Chania Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Crete, Balos Lagoon, Elafonissi Beach
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Old Venetian Harbor ©
Old Venetian Harbor
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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nights
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amoudi Bay, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Skaros Rock, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Red Beach, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Akrotiri day trip site .

Getting from Chania Town to Akrotiri by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Akrotiri can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. You will leave for Mykonos Town on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, Skaros Rock, Perissa Black Sand Beach, KAMARA BEACH
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia ©
Hiking Trail Fira - Oia

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Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elia Beach, Ornos Beach and Paradise Beach. On the 24th (Fri), make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli) and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town route planner.

Getting from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town by ferry takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Ornos Beach, Elia Beach
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
You've added Monastiraki, Temple of Hephaestus, Ancient Agora of Athens, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, take an in-depth tour of Ancient Agora of Athens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, then take a stroll through Monastiraki, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally take a stroll through Plaka.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Monastiraki ©
Monastiraki

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