10 days in Italy, Greece & France Itinerary

10 days in Italy, Greece & France Itinerary

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10 days in Italy, Greece & France Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  16 h
1
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + Tram:  6 h 30 min
5
Lyon, France
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles, USA to Florence is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in Florence at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Venice holiday planner .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, stop by Oneiro Jewelry, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach. On your second day here, do a tasting at Santo Winery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia attractions planner.

You can fly from Venice to Oia in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in October; daily highs in Oia reach 74°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Perissa Black Sand Beach, Skaros Rock, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Santo Winery, Oneiro Jewelry
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Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens route website .

Traveling by flight from Oia to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or ride a ferry. October in Athens sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Athens

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

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day
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon sightseeing site .

Do a combination of flight and tram from Athens to Lyon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Lyon is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Room Escape Games
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 26th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then make a trip to Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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