18 days in Italy, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

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Start: Denver, United States
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  17 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train + Subway:  3 h
2
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway:  1 h 30 min
3
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
4
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 30 min
End: Denver, United States

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Trevi Fountain as well as Roman Forum. Colosseum and Palatine Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rome visit planner.

Denver, USA to Rome is an approximately 14- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 70°F. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pompeii Archaeological Park and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano. Get out of town with these interesting Sorrento side-trips: Fornillo (in Positano) and Teatro Grande (in Pompeii).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sorrento trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Sorrento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Sorrento sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Naples.

Things to do in Sorrento

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Pompeii, Fornillo, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Castel dell'Ovo and Catacombe di San Gennaro. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and then explore the historical opulence of Castel dell'Ovo.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naples trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Sorrento to Naples in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a subway; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Naples are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Fira.

Things to do in Naples

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Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli ©
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amoudi Bay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Akrotiri and Venetsanos Winery. There's more to do: stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fira tour itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Naples to Fira in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Naples to Fira. In August, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Venetsanos Winery, Amoudi Bay
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery

3
nights
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 Erechtheion as well as Parthenon. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum and see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens travel route site.

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Athens

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

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