19 days in Italy, Greece & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly to Nice, Shuttle to Monte-Carlo
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cortona, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights

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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, see the interesting displays at Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Skiathos Island National Airport and Mikonos Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 3 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Prince's Palace, explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then appreciate the history behind Hector Berlioz Statue, and finally try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, then take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Athens to Monte-Carlo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Monte-Carlo. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bologna.
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Bologna, Italy — 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca and then look for gifts at Terre Rare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, make a trip to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Monte-Carlo to Bologna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Monte-Carlo in March since evenings lows in Bologna dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've now added Wine Tour in Tuscany to your itinerary. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, approximately Santa Brigida away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

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You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cortona.
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Cortona, Italy — 3 nights

City of Art

The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Cortona side-trips: Spas (in Rapolano Terme) and Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Duomo di Siena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo Le Celle, take in the exciting artwork at La Torena Arte, examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, and appreciate the history behind Statua di Santa Margherita.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cortona trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Florence to Cortona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome trip website.

You can drive from Cortona to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Rome, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 3 nights

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.
Heraklion is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, engage your brain at Kotsanas Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and explore the world behind art at Kazantzakis Museum.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Heraklion in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Heraklion are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C.
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Greece travel guide

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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.
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Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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