13 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

13 days in Italy, Athens & Santorini Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
2
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights

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): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, thenpause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and then get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): wander the streets of Plaka, thenappreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Athens is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in September, expect Athens to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites 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 Winery, look for gifts at Oneiro Jewelry, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, thenlook for gifts at Eponymo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Fira attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Fira are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Fira

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Rome. Traveling from Fira in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time 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
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria are in your itinerary. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Guardastelle Vineyard in San Gimignano--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip tool.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Guardastelle Vineyard
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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

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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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, thentake in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planning app.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for slightly colder days in Venice, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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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