23 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

23 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

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23 days in Greece & Italy Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  2​h 45​min
2
Sorrento, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Paros, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Rome at 84°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sorrento: Pompeii (Villa dei Misteri & Pompeii Archaeological Park) and Positano (Fornillo, Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, & more). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria Assunta, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Cataldo, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sorrento holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Sorrento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sorrento can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Positano, Pompeii
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Sorrento to Fira takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Sorrento to Fira is 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paros.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

4
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naxos Town (Portara, Old Town, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., Head underground at Marathi Marble Quarries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Agios Antonios, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Martselo beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paros itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Fira to Paros in 6.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Paros

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Naxos Town
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Old Port of Naoussa ©
Old Port of Naoussa
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paros to Athens in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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