18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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1
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
2
Isola di Favignana, Italy
— 1 day
3
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
6
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
7
Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
8
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
9
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night


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1
night
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see EtnaExcursion.it and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Etna. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Orto Botanico dell'Universita di Catania, take in the pleasant sights at Via Etnea, get engrossed in the history at Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943, thenmake a trip to Piazza Universita, thenadmire the local landmark of Fontana dell'Amenano, and finally steep yourself in history at Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Catania online route builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Catania is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Isola di Favignana.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Tours

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EtnaExcursion.it
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 ©
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EtnaExcursion.it

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Isola di Favignana, Italy

Isola di Favignana ©
Once famous for its white tuff shell quarries and tuna can factory--now turned into a museum--Isola di Favignana attracts divers and beachgoers with its jagged coastline rich in coves and caves.
On the 2nd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cala Rossa, and then make a trip to Grotte bue marino.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Isola di Favignana trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Catania to Isola di Favignana in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Isola di Favignana are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Isola di Favignana

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Spiaggia di Cala Rossa ©
Spiaggia di Cala Rossa
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Grotte bue marino

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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 3rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, thenexplore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, thenget to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rome planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isola di Favignana to Rome in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, thendon't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, thenwander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, thenexamine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, thenadmire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, thenadmire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice online journey builder.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Venice are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 9th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, visit Plaka, thenappreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, thenadmire the natural beauty at National Garden, thenadmire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Fly from Venice to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August, Athens is somewhat warmer than Venice - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Food Tours
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

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Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Red Beach, thenexamine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Santo Winery, do a tasting at Boutari Winery, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Caldera Beach, thenenjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, and finally explore by horseback at Experience Horse Riding.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Akrotiri day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Akrotiri takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for slightly colder days in Akrotiri, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Perissa Black Sand Beach, Tomato Industrial Museum, Perivolos, Santo Winery, Boutari Winery
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Experience Horse Riding ©
Experience Horse Riding
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri LightHouse ©
Akrotiri LightHouse

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nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Stalis Beach, examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, thenmeet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and finally explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Heraklion trip site.

Ride a ferry from Akrotiri to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©

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Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery Tsambika.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lindos holiday website.

You can fly from Heraklion to Lindos in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Lindos, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lindos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Monastery Tsambika
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Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Monastery Tsambika ©
Monastery Tsambika
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach

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