13 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

13 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

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13 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Subway:  15 h 15 min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Washington DC, United States


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1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Eleftherios Church and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Athens road trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Athens is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in October since evenings lows in Athens dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Take a break from the city and head to Agios Pavlos Beach and Agathi Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Medieval City and Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights). Venture out of the city with trips to Lindos Beach (in Lindos) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, make a trip to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and steep yourself in history at Mandraki Harbour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rhodes Town trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Athens in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Rhodes Town. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lindos, Tsambika Beach, Agathi Beach, Ancient Kamiros
Highlights from your plan
Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
Medieval City ©
Medieval City
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome route planner.

Fly from Rhodes Town to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rhodes Town in October, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Florence tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Scrovegni Chapel. Step out of Venice to go to Ferrara and see Castello Estense, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, wander the streets of Cannaregio, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Venice day trip app .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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