17 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and finally wander the streets of Plaka.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens travel route planner .

San Francisco, USA to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Athens at 91°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

2
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.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldera Beach, then learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, then stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Emporio.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri attractions planning site .

You can fly from Athens to Akrotiri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in July: highs in Akrotiri hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., Perissa Black Sand Beach, Castelli of Emporio
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Kids will appreciate attractions like Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lio.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice holiday planner.

You can fly from Akrotiri to Venice in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Akrotiri to Venice is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Venice when traveling from Akrotiri in July, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then admire the landmark architecture of Cappelle Medicee, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

1
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Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di Santa Chiara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Assisi trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Florence to Assisi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites
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Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
Rocca Maggiore ©
Rocca Maggiore

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Relax by the water at Fornillo and Lido di Ravello. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Ravello to Positano to see Bagni d'Arienzo about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di castiglione, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Capo di Conca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

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

Traveling by car from Assisi to Ravello takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Assisi in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in Ravello. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Parrocchia San Giovanni, Lido Capo di Conca, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza Navona and Vatican Museums. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning tool .

Do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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