32 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

32 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

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32 days in Italy & Greece Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Skiathos, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
shuttle:  2​h
5
Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Lassi, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate) and Nafplio (Fortress Palamidi & Nauplion Promenade). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens holiday planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 17-hour flight. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Athens, with highs around 35°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Skiathos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mycenae, Nafplio
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
nights
Skiathos, Greece

Skiathos ©
Boasting some of Greece's finest beaches, Skiathos swells with vacationers from colder European countries at the height of the tourist season.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kastro Ke Medieval Ekklisia and The Papadiamandis House. Visit Koukounaries Beach and Panormos Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Kastani Beach (in Skopelos) and Panagitsa of Pyrgos (in Skopelos Town). There's lots more to do: stroll through Troulos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Lalaria Beach, and view the masterpieces at The Blue House Art Gallery.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Skiathos trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Skiathos by combination of subway and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Athens in June, expect nights in Skiathos to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Skiathos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Skopelos
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Lalaria Beach ©
Lalaria Beach
Koukounaries Beach ©
Koukounaries Beach
Kastani Beach ©
Kastani Beach

3
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.
Relax by the water at Panormos Beach and Paradise Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matoyianni Street and Monastery of Panayia Tourliani. Go for a jaunt from Mykonos Town to Delos to see House of Dionysus about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraportiani Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint George, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and take a stroll through Little Venice.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town road trip website .

Fly from Skiathos to Mykonos Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panormos Beach, Kapari Beach, Paradise Beach, Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, House of Dionysus
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Kapari Beach ©
Kapari Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Palace of Knossos and Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites. Do some cultural sightseeing at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heraklion: Matala beach (in Matala) and Palace of Faistos (in Sivas). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Heraklion trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mykonos Town to Heraklion in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Matala beach, Kazantzakis Museum, Palace of Faistos
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

3
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chania Venetian Lighthouse and Kastro Gramvoussas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Agii Apostoli Beach and Manousakis Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Rethymnon Old Town) and Odigitria Monastery (in Kolymbari). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Assumption.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chania Town trip itinerary planner .

Take a shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lassi.

Things to do in Chania Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Kastro Gramvoussas, German War Cemetery, Odigitria Monastery
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse

5
nights
Lassi, Greece

Lassi ©
You'll get in some beach time at Myrtos Beach and Skala Beach. Get some cultural insight at Gentilini Winery & Vineyards and Roman Villa of Skala. Venture out of the city with trips to Myrtillo (in Divarata), Petani Beach (in Lixouri) and Kaminia Beach (in Eleios-Pronnoi).

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lassi planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chania Town to Lassi. In July, daily temperatures in Lassi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lassi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Skala, Petani Beach, Gentilini Winery & Vineyards, Assos, Myrtos Beach
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Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach
Makris Gialos Beach ©
Makris Gialos Beach

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Foro di Cesare, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Domus Aurea, don't miss a visit to Vatican Necropolis, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, and finally take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lassi to Rome. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli ©
Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli

2
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Nuova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, then stop by Assisi Jewels, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santo Stefano. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Maggiore, learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, pause for some serene contemplation at Tempio di Sant'Angelo - Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, see the interesting displays at Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta di San Francesco.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Assisi, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Perugia, Santa Maria Maggiore
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
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2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get engrossed in the history at Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, then admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni, steep yourself in history at Walls of Monteriggioni, then ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence online tour builder .

Getting from Assisi to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Monteriggioni
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The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then make a trip to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice visit planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Piazza dei Signori
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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