43 days in Greece & Italian Riviera Itinerary

43 days in Greece & Italian Riviera Itinerary

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43 days in Greece & Italian Riviera Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + train:  8​h
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Corfu Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Paxos, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
7
Argostolion, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Tsilivi, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
Take a break from Mykonos Town with a short trip to Portara in Naxos Town, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Little Venice, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapari Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Mykonos Town is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Mykonos Town hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, and stroll through Kamari Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fira trip maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Imerovigli, Kamari, Tomato Industrial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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.
Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos), Heraklion (Nerium Oleander, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, & more) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, and get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Fira to Rethymnon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heraklion, Reptisland, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Old Venetian Harbor, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
Reptisland ©
Reptisland
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

5
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
When in Cinque Terre, make a side trip to see Aquarium of Genoa in Genoa, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, make a trip to Borgo Antico, stroll through Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, and take a leisurely stroll along Passeggiata Lungomare.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rethymnon to Cinque Terre by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Rethymnon in June, Cinque Terre is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Aquarium of Genoa
Highlights from your plan
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

4
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

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 Corfu Town's surroundings by going to Yali Beach (in Giannades), Kavos (Speed Boats Tours & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Marathias Beach (in Marathias). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, make a splash at Aqualand Corfu Water Park, identify plant and animal life at Corfu Donkey Rescue, and see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cinque Terre to Corfu Town in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cinque Terre to Corfu Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Corfu Town, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paxos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kavos, Yali Beach, Corfu Donkey Rescue, Aqualand Corfu Water Park, St. Spyridon First Beach
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu

4
nights
Paxos, Greece

Paxos ©
Paxos is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Vrika Beach, head outdoors with Paxos Oasi Sub, tour the pleasant surroundings at Harami Beach, and don't miss a visit to Tripitos Arch.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paxos road trip site .

You can drive from Corfu Town to Paxos in 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Argostolion.

Things to do in Paxos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Mongonissi ©
Mongonissi
Tripitos Arch ©
Tripitos Arch
Il Pareo Paxos ©
Il Pareo Paxos

3
nights
Argostolion, Greece

Argostolion ©
A modern town with a traditional character, Argostolion draws visitors with museums, gardens, squares, pedestrianized shopping streets, and a cobbled seaside promenade.
Get out of town with these interesting Argostolion side-trips: Drogarati Cave (in Chaliotata), Skala (Argo Daily Cruises & Skala Beach) and Antisamos Beach (in Sami). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Assos, look for gifts at Myrtillo, relax in the rural setting at Dias Beekeeping, and stroll through Petani Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Argostolion online journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paxos to Argostolion. July in Argostolion sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tsilivi.

Things to do in Argostolion

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Skala, Petani Beach, Kanali Beach, Antisamos Beach, Myrtillo
Highlights from your plan
Argo Daily Cruises ©
Argo Daily Cruises
Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach
Dias Beekeeping ©
Dias Beekeeping

5
nights
Tsilivi, Greece

A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tsilivi: Keri Caves (in Limni Keri), Saint Nicholas Church (in Ano Vasilikos) and Giatras Museum-Dionysios Art Gallery (in Agalas). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step off the mainland to explore Marathonisi (Turtle Island), try for a hole-in-one at Fantasy Mini Golf, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vrahos Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tsilivi trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Argostolion to Tsilivi takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Tsilivi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zakynthos, Kalamaki, Vrahos Beach, Saint Nicholas Church, Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) ©
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Kalamaki Beach ©
Kalamaki Beach

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tsilivi to Athens in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tsilivi in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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