18 days in Italy, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

18 days in Italy, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

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18 days in Italy, Santorini & Athens Itinerary

Start: Richmond, United States
Fly:  17 h
1
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Capri, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Sorrento, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
4
Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h
5
Imerovigli, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Richmond, United States

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step out of Naples to go to Ottaviano and see Vesuvio National Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, get engrossed in the history at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, and contemplate the long history of Galleria Borbonica.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naples trip app .

Richmond, USA to Naples is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Naples is 6 hours. May in Naples sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Capri.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Vesuvio National Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Miglio Sacro ©
Miglio Sacro
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

2
nights
Capri, Italy

Capri
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Capri day trip planner .

You can drive from Naples to Capri in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Capri can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sorrento.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Villa San Michele
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I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni
Giardini di Augusto ©
Giardini di Augusto
Piazza Umberto I ©
Piazza Umberto I

1
night
Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Piazza Tasso, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Church and Convent, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take in the waterfront at Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro, and finally kick back and relax at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at La Masseria Farm Experience and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Drive from Capri to Sorrento in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sorrento are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

La Masseria Farm Experience
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours

4
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, & more) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Wine Tours & Tastings). Spend the 26th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Il Sentiero Degli Dei, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and kick back and relax at Fornillo.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Positano online tour itinerary planner .

Positano is very close to Sorrento. In May in Positano, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Imerovigli.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ravello, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

3
nights
Imerovigli, Greece

Imerovigli, famed for its Cycladic architecture, claims one of the most dramatic positions in all of Greece.
Venture out of the city with trips to Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Akrotiri (in Akrotiri). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Imerovigli road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Positano to Imerovigli. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Imerovigli

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Fira, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Kamari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Plaka, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum and then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Imerovigli to Athens. In May in Athens, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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