59 days in Athens, Barcelona & Genoa Itinerary

59 days in Athens, Barcelona & Genoa Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 21 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 17 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 16 nights
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Athens, Greece

— 21 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of the city life by going to Marathon Lake and Zen Beach. Temple of Hephaestus and Theater of Dionysus will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Marathon Beach (in Nea Makri), Marathon (Marathon Battlefield & Burial Mound & Marathon Tomb) and Maroussi (Υiannis Tsarouchis Foundation Museum & Paintballers). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the exciting artwork at KORI - Jewelry & Arts, and see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athens planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Athens is minus 8 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Athens reach 22°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 20:

Barcelona, Spain

— 17 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Head to Miro a Taula and Fundacio Mascortfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Ciutat Vella and El Born. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Girona (Patronat Call de Girona & Passeig de la Muralla), Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats (in Riudellots de la Selva) and Ciudadela Iberica de Calafell (in Calafell). There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, delve into the distant past at Muralla romana de Tarragona, and see the interesting displays at Gaudi Centre Reus.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona driving holiday planner.

Getting from Athens to Barcelona by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — Jan 7:

Genoa, Italy

— 16 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Get some cultural insight at Castello di Vigoleno and Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno. Dialogo nel Buio and Museo di Palazzo Reale will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Genoa's surroundings by going to Castello di Frassinello (in Frassinello Monferrato), Basilica Di San Dalmazio (in Quargnento) and Chiesa San Rocco (in Alessandria). There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, steep yourself in history at Fortezza del Priamar, and take in panoramic vistas at Spianata Castelletto.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Genoa holiday app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Barcelona to Genoa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in January: highs in Genoa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 7°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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