12 days in Venice, Madeira & Santorini Itinerary

12 days in Venice, Madeira & Santorini Itinerary

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12 days in Venice, Madeira & Santorini Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
2
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
3
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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4
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Church of San Pantalon. Get outdoors at Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary and Laguna Veneta. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio) (in Verona) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Campo Santa Margherita, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Dorsoduro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Venice hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Venice

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary, Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), Palazzo Te
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Photography Tours
Campo Santa Margherita ©
Campo Santa Margherita
Church of San Pantalon ©
Church of San Pantalon

2
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Take a break from the city and head to Valley of the Nuns and Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Step out of Funchal with an excursion to Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools in Porto Moniz--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Municipal Gardens, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, see Off-Road Tours, and walk around Parque de Santa Catarina.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal tour site .

Getting from Venice to Funchal by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Funchal is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Venice in March, with highs in Funchal at 22°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Valley of the Nuns
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Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns
Municipal Gardens ©
Municipal Gardens
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Dominican Sisters, then trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and then learn about winemaking at Santo Winery.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fira itinerary website .

Fly from Funchal to Fira in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Funchal to Fira is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamari, Skaros Rock, Amoudi Bay, Santo Winery, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Zoodochos Pigi Cave ©
Zoodochos Pigi Cave

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