31 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

31 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

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31 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
1
Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
2
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  9​h 30​min
5
Amalfi, Italy
— 4 nights
taxi + subway:  1​h
6
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and then take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ligaria Beach, and finally stroll through Agia Pelagia Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion online driving holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Heraklion is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In June, Heraklion is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Agia Pelagia, The Palace of Knossos
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Agia Pelagia Beach ©
Agia Pelagia Beach
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, view the masterpieces at Oria Gallery, get great views at Sunset in Oia, then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and finally learn about all things military at Naval Maritime Museum. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Oia Treasures Art Gallery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and finally look for gifts at Apollon Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oia trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Heraklion to Oia in 2.5 hours. In July in Oia, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Koloumbos Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Naval Maritime Museum ©
Naval Maritime Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach, then wander the streets of Little Venice, and then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town online attractions planner .

Traveling by ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town takes 3 hours. July in Mykonos Town sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Elia Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Ornos Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Relax by the water at Glyfada Beach and Legrena Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at National Archaeological Museum and Plaka. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Athens visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Mykonos Town in July, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Legrena Beach, Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

4
nights
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido Capo di Conca. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Amalfi to Positano to see Fornillo about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, get some fabulous bargains at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, and shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amalfi route maker site .

Getting from Athens to Amalfi by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Amalfi. Traveling from Athens in July, expect nights in Amalfi to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Positano, Lido Capo di Conca
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, take in the awesome beauty at Vesuvio, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Eligio Maggiore. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Herculaneum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Naples holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Amalfi to Naples takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Naples when traveling from Amalfi in July, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Vesuvio National Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli ©

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Piazza Navona. Visit Stabilimento Balneare le Palme and V Lounge Beach Club for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome driving holiday site .

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Lido Di Camaiore. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Visit St. Mark's Square and Peggy Guggenheim Collection for their historical value. Step out of Venice with an excursion to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Venice tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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