13 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

13 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights


Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Get some cultural insight at Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Plaka, stop by Monastiraki, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens route builder.

Lusaka, Zambia to Athens is an approximately 15-hour flight. March in Athens sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Venice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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 historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Get some cultural insight at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site & Scrovegni Chapel). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Venice is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in March: high temperatures in Venice hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Florence are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

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 Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Pantheon and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome travel route site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

Greece travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.