36 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

36 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Benidorm, Spain
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
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Platanias, Greece
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 4 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step out of Barcelona to go to Salou and see PortAventura, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, visit Las Ramblas, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

Edmonton, Canada to Barcelona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Barcelona. Traveling from Edmonton in July, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Benidorm.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Benidorm, Spain

— 3 nights
A major seaside resort on the famous Costa Blanca, Benidorm was built compactly, thanks to the foresight of a local government administrator in the 1960s, who had a vision for a holiday destination that would grow upwards.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Garden and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundomar. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de Levante and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Benidorm vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Benidorm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for Venice on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Benidorm

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Benidorm to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence holiday maker tool.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and take a stroll through Plaka.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 3 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Super Paradise Beach, and kick back and relax at Elia Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Mykonos Town are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Platanias.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Platanias, Greece

— 2 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Platanias: Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia), Falassarna Beach (in Falassarna) and Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi).

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Platanias day trip planning site.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Platanias in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Mykonos Town in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Platanias: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.

Things to do in Platanias

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Heraklion, Greece

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Heraklion side-trips: Palace of Faistos (in Sivas) and Matala Beach (in Matala). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion route app.

You can take a shuttle from Platanias to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Fira, Greece

— 4 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera, kick back and relax at Kamari Beach, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. In August in Fira, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.