38 days in Southern Italy & Greece Itinerary

38 days in Southern Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Start: Seattle, United States
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  20 h 30 min
1
Tropea, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
2
Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
3
Skala, Greece
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
4
Naxos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
5
Karpathos, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
7
Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
8
Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
9
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Seattle, United States

4
nights
Tropea, Italy

Tropea ©
Tropea is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Capo Vaticano and Spiaggia Le Castella. Get in touch with nature at Grotticelle beach and Tropea Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tropea: Castello Aragonese di Le Castella (in Le Castella), Piedigrotta Church (in Pizzo) and Reggio Calabria (Santuario dell'Eremo - "Santuario Madonna della Consolazione", Lungomare Falcomata, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Riaci, examine the collection at Museo di Paleontologia Unical, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tropea trip maker tool.

Seattle, USA to Tropea is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in September, with highs in Tropea at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Tropea

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Reggio Calabria, Le Castella, Capo Vaticano, Le Terme Romane di Acconia di Curinga, Santuario di San Francesco di Paola
Highlights from your plan
Castello Aragonese di Le Castella ©
Castello Aragonese di Le Castella
Capo Vaticano ©
Capo Vaticano
Santuario di San Francesco di Paola ©
Santuario di San Francesco di Paola

3
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastery of Paleokastritsa and La Grotta Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barbati Beach and Paradise Beach. When in Corfu Town, make a side trip to see Agios Gordios Beach in Agios Gordios, approximately Agios Gordios away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Kaiser's Throne, take a stroll through Corfu Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon, and explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Corfu Town trip itinerary tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tropea to Corfu Town. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tropea to Corfu Town. In September in Corfu Town, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Skala.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Barbati Beach, Kaiser's Throne, Paradise Beach, Agios Gordios Beach, Achilleion Museum
Highlights from your plan
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Agios Gordios Beach ©
Agios Gordios Beach
Monastery of Paleokastritsa ©
Monastery of Paleokastritsa

3
nights
Skala, Greece

Skala ©
Mass tourism has transformed the once-sleepy village of Skala into a modern seaside resort, its major attraction a well-developed beach that happens to be one of the longest and sandiest on the island of Cephalonia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Petani Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Makris Gialos Beach and Myrtos Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skala: Ammes Beach (in Svoronata) and Memorial Acqui Division (in Argostolion). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kaminia Beach, kick back and relax at Skala Beach, and make a trip to Monastery of Agios Gerasimos.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Skala online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Corfu Town to Skala takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In October in Skala, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Skala

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cephalonia, Argostolion, Petani Beach, Ammes Beach, Makris Gialos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Makris Gialos Beach ©
Makris Gialos Beach
Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach

4
nights
Naxos Town, Greece

Naxos Town ©
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kastro and Agii Apostoli. Step off the beaten path and head to Agios Prokopios Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naxos Town: Rarity Gallery (in Mykonos Town), Kalo Livadi Beach (in Kalo Livadi) and Agios Sostis Beach (in Agios Sostis). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Plaka Beach, delve into the distant past at Portara, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Akepsimas.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Naxos Town tour itinerary app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Skala to Naxos Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Karpathos.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mikri Vigla, Chalkio, Rarity Gallery, Kalo Livadi Beach, Plaka Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach

4
nights
Karpathos, Greece

Karpathos ©
Known largely for its secluded coves and untamed mountains, rugged Karpathos reputedly remains one of the last truly authentic Greek islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Apella Beach and Amoopi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kira Panagia Beach and Agios Theodoros. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Diakoftis Beach, stroll through Agios Nikolaos Beach, see the interesting displays at Folk Art Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Karpathos.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Karpathos driving holiday planner.

Getting from Naxos Town to Karpathos by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Karpathos are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Karpathos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kira Panagia Beach ©
Kira Panagia Beach
Diakoftis Beach ©
Diakoftis Beach
Archaeological Museum Karpathos ©
Archaeological Museum Karpathos

4
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mandraki Harbour and Street of the Knights. Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue and Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rhodes Town side-trips: Stegna Beach (in Archangelos), Lindos (Glystra Beach, Lindos Beach, &more) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). The adventure continues: stroll through Agathi Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, and head outdoors with Pefkos Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rhodes Town trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Karpathos to Rhodes Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Rhodes Town are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lindos, Agathi Beach, Pefkos Beach, Stegna Beach, Emery Winery
Highlights from your plan
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Agathi Beach ©
Agathi Beach
Stegna Beach ©
Stegna Beach

4
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Falassarna Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lighthouse and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). Change things up with these side-trips from Chania Town: Panagia Of The Two Rocks (in Fres), Samaria Gorge National Park (in Sfakia) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, stroll through Agii Apostoli Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera.

Make your Chania Town itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rhodes Town to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Rhodes Town in October, Chania Town is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Falassarna Beach, German War Cemetery, Panagia Of The Two Rocks, Samaria Gorge National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kastro Gramvoussas ©
Kastro Gramvoussas
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera ©
Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera

4
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Relax by the water at Stalis Beach and Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos). Take a break from the city and head to Reptisland and Lake Kournas. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos (in Gournes), Palace of Faistos (in Sivas) and Moozart Wood Art Shop (in Matala). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rethymno.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon vacation planner.

Getting from Chania Town to Rethymnon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Matala, Hersonissos, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Lake Kournas, Palace of Faistos
Highlights from your plan
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Reptisland ©
Reptisland

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get in touch with nature at Skaros Rock and Vlychada Beach. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Prehistoric Thira and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Take a break from Fira with a short trip to Perivolos in Perivolos, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Akrotiri LightHouse, do a tasting at Santo Winery, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Rethymnon to Fira in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Skaros Rock, Ancient Thera, Scuba & Snorkeling, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Perivolos
Highlights from your plan
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Perivolos ©
Perivolos
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

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