32 days in Italy, Greece & Portugal Itinerary

32 days in Italy, Greece & Portugal Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16 h
1
Milan, Italy
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
6
Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
7
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
9
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
day
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Milan is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Milan is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Bologna (Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, &more) and Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Scuola di Cucina di Lella, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Milan in October, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Bologna
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuola di Cucina di Lella ©
Scuola di Cucina di Lella
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

5
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Rome sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
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Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology ©
Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, then learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, and finally delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Kazantzakis Museum
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): learn about winemaking at Boutari Winery, then take a pleasant ride with Experience Horse Riding, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Akrotiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldera Beach, learn about winemaking at Gaia Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Akrotiri trip planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Akrotiri by ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari, Boutari Winery
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by Little Venice, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town road trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach, Monastery of Panayia Tourliani
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Ponte Pietra, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Venice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in October, things will get slightly colder in Venice: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Verona
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Livraria Lello, and go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto driving holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Venice to Porto in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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