13 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

13 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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13 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: New Delhi, India


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1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaka District, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Athens travel planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. September in Athens sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, then look for gifts at Eponymo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fira custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Fira, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Fira

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Boutari Winery
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Boutari Winery ©
Boutari Winery

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Palatine Hill are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at St. Peter's Basilica and Capitoline Museums. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fira to Rome. Traveling from Fira to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fira in October, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Sovestro in Poggio Winery in San Gimignano--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Guardastelle Vineyard
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria della Salute, then explore the activities along Grand Canal, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, examine the collection at Saint Mark's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, then snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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