46 days in Greece, Italy & Amsterdam Itinerary

46 days in Greece, Italy & Amsterdam Itinerary

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46 days in Greece, Italy & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Assisi, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
subway + train:  3​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fortress Palamidi and Ancient Agora of Athens. Acropolis of Athens and Lion Gate will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and take a stroll through Anafiotika.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Athens is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Athens at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lion Gate, Fortress Palamidi
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cultural Village and Megaro Gyzi Museum. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach, don't miss a visit to Three Bells of Fira, look for gifts at the White, Santorini, and see the interesting displays at The Santozeum Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fira trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In September in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gavalas Winery, Cultural Village, Tomato Industrial Museum, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Akrotiri
Highlights from your plan
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
The Santozeum Museum ©
The Santozeum Museum

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seitan Limania Beach and Petres Gorge. Let the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Greek National Football Museum (in Chania Town) and The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of Arkadi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Chalevi, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, and explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Heraklion, Seitan Limania Beach, The Palace of Knossos, Greek National Football Museum, St. Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Step off the beaten path and head to Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Castello Estense. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca in Torcello, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, and examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice route maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Rethymnon to Venice takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rethymnon to Venice is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rethymnon in September, things will get a bit cooler in Venice: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Portovenere (in Porto Venere). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip builder .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Portovenere, Abbazia di San Galgano
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

4
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eremo delle Carceri and San Damiano. Venture out of the city with trips to Perugia (Tempio di Sant'Angelo - Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo & Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovannuccio, delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro Romano, and explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano e Cripta di San Rufino.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October in Assisi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Perugia
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Take a break from the city and head to Lido di Ravello and Fornillo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Go for a jaunt from Ravello to Positano to see Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano about 48 minutes away.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ravello trip maker .

You can drive from Assisi to Ravello in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Assisi in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Ravello. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Pietro in Vincoli and Giardino dei Tarocchi. Step out of Rome to go to Tarquinia and see Necropoli di Tarquinia, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Ravello to Rome by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Giardino dei Tarocchi, Necropoli di Tarquinia
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 17th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Palermo, stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then admire the striking features of Norman Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Di San Giuseppe Dei Falegnami, Facolta Di Giurisprudenza, Universita Di Palermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo dell'Acciuga, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Santa Rosalia, then steep yourself in history at Palazzina Cinese, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Palermo journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Palermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Duomo di Monreale, Museo dell'Acciuga
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Santuario Santa Rosalia ©
Santuario Santa Rosalia

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), Panorama Mesdag, & more), Canals area (in Utrecht) and Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Zuiderzeemuseum, explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, make a trip to Museum Quarter, and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip tool .

You can fly from Palermo to Amsterdam in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, Zuiderzeemuseum, Kroller-Muller Museum, Zaanse Schans, Canals area
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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