32 days in Amsterdam, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 7 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Red Light District. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Madurodam (in The Hague) and Old Church (in Delft). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, visit The Jordaan, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and make a trip to Dam Square.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online travel route planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. On the 31st (Thu), you're off to Venice.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Casa di Giulietta, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Venice road trip planning website.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've now added Leaning Tower of Pisa to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Volterra Walking Tour. Change things up with these side-trips from Siena: San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano & Duomo di San Gimignano) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Siena trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip site.

Traveling by car from Siena to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally take a stroll through Plaka. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Athens online trip builder.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in September since evenings lows in Athens dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take in the exciting artwork at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally browse the exhibits of Nikola's Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, then kick back and relax at Kamari Beach, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Fira online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 7 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heraklion: Cave Of Zeus (in Anogia), Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary (in Mires) and Snail Farm and Fun (in Tylissos). Dedicate the 19th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules), kick back and relax at Matala Beach, and get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Heraklion tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Fira to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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Greece travel guide

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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.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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