18 days in Greece, Italy & France Itinerary

18 days in Greece, Italy & France Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 day
Taxi to Piraeus, Ferry to Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 2 nights


Athens, Greece — 1 day

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You've now added Acropolis Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Athens is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Mykonos Town.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach, visit Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Triciclo Art Shop Mykonos, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, and then kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fira travel route tool.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In May, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sorrento.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trips
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Sorrento, Italy — 3 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Get out of town with these interesting Sorrento side-trips: Pompeii (Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, Villa dei Misteri, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Comunale.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sorrento trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Fira to Sorrento in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Fira to Sorrento, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Positano.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Positano, Italy — 3 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more) and Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Rufolo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, cruise along Amalfi Coast, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Positano trip itinerary site.

Drive from Sorrento to Positano in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rome.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

You can drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You'll set off for Cagnes-sur-Mer on the 23rd (Tue).
Tours · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Cagnes-sur-Mer, France — 3 nights

Cagnes-sur-Mer is a picturesque French Riviera town known for its forests, pebble beaches, and seaside charm in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Cagnes-sur-Mer is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Be Free 2 Dive, admire the masterpieces at Musee Renoir, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Biot.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cagnes-sur-Mer day trip website.

You can drive from Rome to Cagnes-sur-Mer in 8 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in May: highs in Cagnes-sur-Mer hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online attractions planner.

Fly from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Cagnes-sur-Mer in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Greece travel guide

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.

Santorini travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.