17 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

17 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Drive to Santorini Airport, Fly to Araxos Airport, Drive to Patras
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Patras, Greece
— 1 night
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then explore the world behind art at Casa Vicens, and then pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, and finally stop by El Born.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In July in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

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 24th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and finally delve into the distant past at Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Necropolis, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, and finally take a stroll through Via Cola di Rienzo.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with M.G. Design. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then visit Campo del Ghetto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and finally make a trip to Campo Santa Margherita. On the next day, make a trip to Dorsoduro, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Naxos Town.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Naxos Town, Greece

— 2 nights
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the galleries of Fish & Olive, look for gifts at Naxia Gi, see the interesting displays at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki, then see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Naos tou Apollona - Portara.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Naxos Town takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Venice to Naxos Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naxos Town when traveling from Venice in July, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Dominican Sisters, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sunset in Oia, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and finally stop by Atlantis Books E.E..

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Fira are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Milos.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Milos, Greece

— 2 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Kalogries Beach, steep yourself in history at Venetian Castle of Milos, examine the collection at Sand Museum, then view the masterpieces at The Art House - Photography Milos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandrakia Beach, and finally do a tasting at Kostantakis Cave Winery.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Milos day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Milos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Patras.

Things to do in Milos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Patras, Greece

— 1 night
Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Achaia Clauss Winery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Patras visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Milos to Patras. While traveling from Milos, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Patras, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 24°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Patras

Wineries
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Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to Erechtheion and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip planner.

Getting from Patras to Athens by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Patras in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Athens. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites

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.