16 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

16 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Museo Cerralbo. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado de San Antón, and make a trip to Puerta de Alcala.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid online trip itinerary maker.

Baltimore, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Baltimore to Madrid, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Baltimore in July, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Sat), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, then wander the streets of El Born, then shop like a local with Imanart Barcelona Street Photo Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Pieta Rondanini, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Casa Milan, then visit Brera District, and then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Milan vacation builder app.

Fly from Barcelona to Milan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Milan, with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then stop by Cannaregio, and finally wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Punta della Dogana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

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

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Athens.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, then pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, then explore the ancient world of Theater of Dionysus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens travel route planner.

Fly from Venice to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Venice in August, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 92°F and 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Take a break from the city and head to Santorini Sailing and Monolithos Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and MATI Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Santorini Tours, browse the exhibits of Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and stop by Atlantis Books E.E..

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fira online itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Fira to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are slightly colder, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
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 · Sacred & Religious Sites
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 · History Museums
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

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.