31 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

31 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

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31 days in Greece, Croatia & Italy Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  31​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  33​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, get a taste of the local shopping with Ermou Street, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip builder .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Christchurch to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Christchurch in November, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Get some cultural insight at Bags by Kristina and Sveti Mihovil. Appreciate the collections at Vapor gallery and Ethno Museum Barilo. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Korcula Town Walls, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Gospojina, take an in-depth tour of Bishop's Treasury Museum, and examine the collection at House of Marco Polo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Korcula Town online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Athens to Korcula Town. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Korcula Town. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ethnographic collection Barilo, Lovric Winery, Ethno Museum Barilo
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Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls
Bags by Kristina ©
Bags by Kristina
Sveti Mihovil ©
Sveti Mihovil

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the exciting artwork at Segni nel Tempo antiquarian bookshop, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice online trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Korcula Town to Venice with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Korcula Town in November; daily highs in Venice reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Federica Casanova, view the masterpieces at Fondazione Bisazza, delve into the distant past at Operaforte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally explore the ancient world of Arena di Verona. On the next day, shop like a local with Galleria Dello Scudo, see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, take a stroll through Via Mazzini, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Libreria Antiquaria Perini.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Verona holiday maker tool .

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fondazione Bisazza
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Fondazione Bisazza ©
Fondazione Bisazza
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Basilica di Santa Croce capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip maker .

Traveling by train from Verona to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Verona in November: highs in Florence hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, shop like a local with Assisi Galleria 6C, stop by La mela in tasca, then get a taste of the local shopping with B.A.T. Assisi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Saio, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Assisi vacation tool .

Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Florence in December, expect nights in Assisi to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Rome trip site .

You can drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in December, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Duomo di Ravello and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Ravello (San Giovanni del Toro, Ravello Arte, & more), Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Cimitero Monumentale) and Chiesa dell'Annunziata (in Scala). It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Positano online route builder .

You can drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Positano, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Naples.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ravello, Scala, Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo ©
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pompeii Archaeological Park and Museo Cappella Sansevero. Sol’Art Ceramiche and Archivio Fotografico Parisio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Pompeii (Odeon - Teatro Piccolo & Bosco de Medici Winery), Vietri sul Mare (Le Vigne di Raito & Ceramica D'Urso Vietri) and Salerno (Made In Salerno & Duomo di Salerno). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Galleria Borbonica, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, admire the masterpieces at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and take in the exciting artwork at I Presepi da Guinness.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Naples online trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Positano to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Positano in December since evenings lows in Naples dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pompeii, Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

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