16 days in Greece, Italy & France Itinerary

16 days in Greece, Italy & France Itinerary

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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fly to Heraklion, Bus to Néa Alikarnassós, Foot to Heraklion, Ferry to Fira
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Sami, Greece
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece — 2 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medieval City and Agios Pavlos Beach. Get some cultural insight at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) and Acropolis of Lindos. Get out of town with these interesting Rhodes Town side-trips: Lindos Beach (in Lindos) and Dormition of Theotokos Church (in Asklipiio). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, make a trip to Kallithea Springs, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Quinn Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rhodes Town trip planning site.

Seattle, USA to Rhodes Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from Seattle in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rhodes Town: highs are around 86°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Fira.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step out of the city life by going to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Kamari Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akrotiri and Ancient Thera. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Santorini Sailing, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

Before you visit Fira, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Rhodes Town to Fira in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Fira sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sami.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
Side Trips

Sami, Greece — 1 night

Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Antisamos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myrtos Beach, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sami, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Fira to Sami in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July in Sami, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rome.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip site.

Getting from Sami to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sami to Rome due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Siena.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Siena, Italy — 2 nights

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Loggia della Mercanzia, then take an in-depth tour of Archivio di Stato, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Contrada Priora della Civetta, and finally make a trip to Chiesa di Santa Maria in Provenzano. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, take in the exciting artwork at Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli , then take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico di Siena, and finally awaken your taste buds at Azienda Agricola Brogioni Maurizio.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Siena itinerary tool.

Drive from Rome to Siena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Amboise.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trip

Amboise, France — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and finally explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Amboise online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Siena to Amboise takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Siena in July, with highs in Amboise at 78°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, then witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Croix de Guerre 5th Engineer Special Brigade. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, then see the interesting displays at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Kunstlicher Hafen.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.