38 days in Italy, Chisinau & Greece Itinerary

38 days in Italy, Chisinau & Greece Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Chisinau, Moldova
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h
7
Paradise Beach, Greece
— 4 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
8
Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Toronto, Canada


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5
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 Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Doge's Palace and St Mark's Campanile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and admire the striking features of Ca' d'Oro.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Venice online travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Venice is 6 hours. When traveling from Toronto in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Rufolo. Get some cultural insight at Paestum Ruins and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Pinacoteca Provinciale Salerno (in Salerno), Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Positano (Fornillo, Spiaggia Grande, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Capo di Conca, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, and take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Ravello takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and taxi. Traveling from Venice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Pinacoteca Provinciale Salerno, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Spiaggia Lannio
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Colle del Gianicolo. Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, take a stroll through Trastevere, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sistine Chapel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, subway, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Family-friendly places like Gallerie Degli Uffizi and The Baptistery of St. John will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Torre del Mangia, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Siena
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

1
night
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Muzeul National de Istorie a Moldovei.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chisinau day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Chisinau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Florence to Chisinau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Chisinau

Museums
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Muzeul National de Istorie a Moldovei ©
Muzeul National de Istorie a Moldovei

6
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Glyfada Beach and Mount Lycabettus. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip app.

You can fly from Chisinau to Athens in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paradise Beach.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Paradise Beach, Greece

Paradise Beach ©
Sun-drenched Paradise Beach remains largely responsible for Mykonos' nickname, the "Ibiza of Greece." Considered one of the island's major attractions, the beach draws a young crowd of hedonists with its bars and clubs, serving cold drinks and a party atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Panormos Beach and Platis Gialos Beach. Relax by the water at Elia Beach and Paraga Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Agios Sostis Beach, stroll through Kalo Livadi Beach, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paradise Beach day trip app.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Athens to Paradise Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Paradise Beach are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Paradise Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Panormos Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Agios Sostis Beach, Paraga Beach
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Agios Sostis Beach ©
Agios Sostis Beach
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach

3
nights
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kamari Beach and Red Beach. Visiting Perissa Black Sand Beach and Caldera Beach will get you outdoors. When in Akrotiri, make a side trip to see Vourvoulos Beach in Vourvoulos, approximately Vourvoulos away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, see the interesting displays at Tomato Industrial Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eros Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Paradise Beach to Akrotiri takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Akrotiri can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santorini, Kamari Beach, Vourvoulos Beach, Venetsanos Winery, Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach

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