17 days in Greece & Rome Itinerary

17 days in Greece & Rome Itinerary

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17 days in Greece & Rome Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
1
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sparta, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14​h
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h
5
Hersonissos, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
End: Rome, Italy

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Corinth (Archea Korinthos & Akrokorinthos). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip builder website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Athens are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Corinth, Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Sparta, Greece

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. On the 8th (Tue), explore the galleries of Koumantareios Art Gallery of Sparta, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological site of Mystra, then contemplate the long history of Mystras, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Constantine Paleologos. On the next day, kick back and relax at Mavrovouni Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Leonidas Monument, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sparta trip maker website .

Drive from Athens to Sparta in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Athens in September since evenings lows in Sparta dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Sparta

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mystras, Mavrovouni Beach
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Mystras ©
Mystras
Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
Mavrovouni Beach ©
Mavrovouni Beach

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
When in Mykonos Town, make a side trip to see Portara in Naxos Town, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Little Venice, look for gifts at Triciclo Art Shop Mykonos, stroll through Elia Beach, and don't miss a visit to Kapopoulos Fine Arts.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sparta to Mykonos Town. When traveling from Sparta in September, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Mykonos Town: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Portara, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Paradise Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for gifts at the White, Santorini, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally stroll through Red Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fira travel route builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Fira sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Akrotiri
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral ©
Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

2
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
On the next day, make a splash at Star Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and then stop by Hatzis Leather.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hersonissos trip planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Hersonissos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Fira in September since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Old Venetian Harbor
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Watercity Waterpark Themed Park ©
Watercity Waterpark Themed Park
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

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.
On the 17th (Thu), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing planner.

Fly from Hersonissos to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hersonissos to Rome. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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