27 days in Italy, France & Greece Itinerary

27 days in Italy, France & Greece Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train to Aix En Provence Tgv, Bus to Aix-en-Provence
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Martigues, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Fira, Greece
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Gardens, Champs-Elysees, and other attractions.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in April, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Aix-en-Provence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: high temperatures in Aix-en-Provence hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. You will leave for Martigues on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Martigues, France

— 2 nights
Martigues is a commune northwest of Marseille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Petit Musee de Carro, then cast your line with Cap Couronne, and then identify plant and animal life at Site naturel protege de l'etang de Bolmon.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Martigues trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Martigues in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Martigues, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Martigues

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Take a break from the city and head to Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Promenade du Paillon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and Villa Kerylos. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Harbor (La Darse), steep yourself in history at Ville medieval, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze.

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You can drive from Martigues to Nice in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Martigues in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Fri), take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, wander the streets of Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Venice holiday builder.

You can fly from Nice to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Florence, Italy

— 1 night

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 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence online tour planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Pantheon. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

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Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 4 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 Erechtheion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Lion Gate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio) and Citadel and Treasury of Atreus (in Mycenae). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and take a stroll through Plaka.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planning site.

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Spas. Get a sense of the local culture at The Castle of St Nicholas and Santorini Tours. When in Fira, make a side trip to see La Ponta in Akrotiri, approximately Akrotiri away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord, and browse the exhibits of Mnemossyne Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fira vacation planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May in Fira, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
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.