36 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

36 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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36 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Vietri sul Mare, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h
8
Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2​h
9
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
11
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then see La Casa Maledetta, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

New York City, USA to Milan is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Milan is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Milan, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence journey planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Piazza del Campo, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

5
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vietri sul Mare.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Vietri sul Mare ©
Vietri sul Mare is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy. Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, & more), Amalfi (Wine Tours & Tastings, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, & more) and Liquorificio Mansi Carlo (in Minori). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Le Vigne di Raito, delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, stroll through Lido Capo di Conca, and head outdoors with Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods).

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vietri sul Mare online route planner .

Traveling by car from Rome to Vietri sul Mare takes 3 hours. Traveling from Rome in July, expect nights in Vietri sul Mare to be somewhat warmer, around 77°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Vietri sul Mare

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Liquorificio Mansi Carlo
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

1
day
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kalambaka trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vietri sul Mare to Kalambaka. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vietri sul Mare to Kalambaka. Traveling from Vietri sul Mare in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 63°F in Kalambaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meteora ©
Meteora
Monastery of the Great Meteoron ©
Monastery of the Great Meteoron
Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) ©

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Monastiraki, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip planning website .

You can drive from Kalambaka to Athens in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kalambaka in July, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. While traveling from Athens, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Heraklion, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Winery Stilianou
Highlights from your plan
Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
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.
Akrotiri is known for historic sites, beaches, adventure, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, stroll through Caldera Beach, and head off the coast to Nea Kameni.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri trip tool .

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Akrotiri in 2 hours. In August in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Megalochori, Santorini, Vlychada
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

4
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.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, museums, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, kick back and relax at Panormos Beach, and stroll through Kapari Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Akrotiri to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. August in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Catania.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos, Paradise Beach, Kalo Livadi Beach, Elia Beach, Panormos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Etna.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Catania online road trip planner .

Fly from Mykonos Town to Catania in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mykonos Town to Catania due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 68°F in Catania. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Catania

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

Getting from Catania to Venice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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