17 days in Greece, Northwest Italy & Hauts-de-France Itinerary

17 days in Greece, Northwest Italy & Hauts-de-France Itinerary

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17 days in Greece, Northwest Italy & Hauts-de-France Itinerary

Start: Amritsar, India
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
4
Calais, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Lille, France
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  11 h 15 min
6
Olympia, Greece
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Amritsar, India

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.
Colosseum and Piazza Navona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pantheon and Roman Forum will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip website .

Amritsar, India to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amritsar to Rome is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Amritsar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Your inner history buff will appreciate Campanile di Giotto and L’importuno di Michelangelo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Siena). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria FirenzeArt, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

4
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.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Head to Piazza delle Erbe and Max Studiofor some retail therapy. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Verona (Cappella dei Notai, Arena di Verona, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, view the masterpieces at Vittorio Costantini Workshop, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Calais.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 26th (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage de Gravelines and then stroll through Plage de Zuydcoote. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Cran d'Escalles, then kick back and relax at Le Touquet Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Nicolas de l'hotel-Dieu.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Calais trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Venice to Calais takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Calais

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cran d'Escalles, Plage de Zuydcoote, Plage de Gravelines, Le Touquet Beach, Chapelle Saint-Nicolas de l'hotel-Dieu
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Le Touquet Beach ©
Le Touquet Beach
Cran d'Escalles ©
Cran d'Escalles

1
night
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Parc du Heron, examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, then stop by Jours Heureux, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Lille.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lille online route builder .

Traveling by train from Calais to Lille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Lille sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Lille

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Parc du Heron ©
Parc du Heron
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille

1
day
Olympia, Greece

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
On the 29th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Olympia.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Olympia online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Lille to Olympia takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lille in January; daily highs in Olympia reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Wineries
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Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Archaeological Museum of Olympia ©
Archaeological Museum of Olympia

2
nights
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, then get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Delphi, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Delphi trip builder website .

You can drive from Olympia to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Delphi when traveling from Olympia in January, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

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