15 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Taxi to Piraeus, Ferry to Paros
Paros, Greece
— 6 nights
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Portofino, Italy
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 1 night


Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 3rd (Wed), appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally delve into the distant past at Erechtheion.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in May: high temperatures in Athens hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paros.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Paros, Greece — 6 nights

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Explore Paros' surroundings by going to Naxos Town (Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis, The Temple of Apollo – Portara, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., steep yourself in history at Lefkes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aliki Beach, and go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paros sightseeing planner.

Fly from Athens to Paros in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Paros can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cinque Terre.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere (in La Spezia) and Porto Venere (La Bottega Di Rena, San Pietro Church, &more). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, and trek along Cinque Terre Trails.

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Fly from Paros to Cinque Terre in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paros to Cinque Terre. Traveling from Paros in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cinque Terre, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Portofino.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Portofino, Italy — 3 nights

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Portofino is known for historic sites, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, visit a coastal fixture at Faro Di Portofino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Portofino sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Cinque Terre to Portofino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Portofino. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

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Traveling by flight from Portofino to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Portofino in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.