Italy and Greece Itinerary

Updated: November 28, 2017

  • One Week Itinerary: visit Greece or Italy but not both.
  • Two Weeks or More: divide time evenly between the two countries.

Travel Itinerary for Greece and Italy

One Week in Greece and Italy

7 days is not enough time to visit both Greece and Italy. Pick one and stick to it. No sense wasting time traveling between the two when time is limited. Be sure to fly into one place and fly out of a different place so you don’t spend time retracing your steps.

One Week in Greece – Itinerary
Choose one of the following (reverse order is fine):
• 1 day in Athens, 2 in Mykonos, 4 in Santorini (fly into Athens, fly out of Santorini)
• 1 day in Athens, 3 in Naxos or Paros, 3 in Santorini (fly into Athens, fly out of Santorini)
• 2 days in Mykonos, 2 in Naxos or Paros, 3 in Santorini (fly into Mykonos, fly out of Santorini)
• 4 days in Crete, 3 days in Santorini (fly into Heraklion or Chania, fly out of Santorini)

One Week in Italy – Itinerary
Choose one of the following (reverse order is fine):
• 1 day in Venice, 3 in Florence and area, 3 in Rome (fly into Venice, fly out of Rome)
• 2 days in Rome, 2 in Perugia and area, 2 in Florence and area, 1 in Venice (fly into Rome, fly out of Venice)

Two Weeks in Greece and Italy

With 14 days spend one week in Greece and one week in Italy. Use the above itinerary recommendations. Like above be sure to fly in and out of different cities. E.g. If you’re coming from London: Fly London to Venice, train to Florence, train to Rome, fly to Mykonos, ferry to Naxos, ferry to Santorini, fly Santorini to London.

Three Weeks or More in Greece and Italy

With 20 to 30 days you can visit all the must-see places: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Santorini, and Crete. But also some less touristy spots: Naples, Perugia, Bologna, Naxos, Milos, and Nafplio come to mind. Both countries are loaded with wonderful destinations. And when it comes to the Greek islands you really can’t go wrong: point at the map and pick any island. I’d be shocked if you left disappointed.

The 10 Best Places To Go in Greece and Italy

Santorini, Greece in Europe

Santorini, Greece – The single best destination in Europe. Incredible views, great food, fun tours and things to do.

Crete, Greece, in Europe

Crete, Greece – The best beach in Greece is Elafonisi in southwestern Crete. The island is loaded with wonderful places to visit: Chania, Rethymnon, Samaria Gorge, Agios Nikolaos, and the top notch historical site at Knossos.

Naxos, Greece – The magical Chora (capital town) of Naxos island at dusk in the Cyclades. Above the town is the castle of Sanoudos. Naxos is filled with wonderful beaches and great local food.

Athens, Greece in Europe.

Athens, Greece – One of the greatest historical marvels in the world. Athens’ top sites are in a compact center making a 1 or 2 day visit perfect for seeing the highlights.

Mykonos, Greece in Europe.

Mykonos, Greece – The island is famous for dance clubs, nightlife, and lively beaches. But if you’re not interested the party scene is easy to avoid and the island has plenty of quiet beaches.

Rome, Italy in Europe

Rome, Italy – The best of history, food, and art all in one city. Rome is a can’t miss destination.

Florence, Italy in Europe.

Florence, Italy – My favorite place in Italy. The city could easily fill a week of sightseeing but 2 full days can allow for visits to most of the top sights. Nearby Tuscan towns (San Gimignano, Siena, Lucca) make for wonderful day trips.

Perugia, Italy in Europe.

Perugia, Italy – This is an incredible historical city and a delight to explore. Nearby towns like Orvieto, Todi, and Assisi make it a great base for exploring Umbria.

Venice, Italy in Europe.

Venice, Italy – The magical setting of Venice is one of kind. It shouldn’t be missed but a short visit (one or two days) is enough for most travelers.

Agriturismo Farm Stay in Tuscany and Umbria

Agriturismo in Italy – This is a highlight of a visit to Italy. Stay at a working farm and enjoy the local food and wine. Accommodations can range from simple and inexpensive to luxury and boutique. (Those are my boys playing in the pool at a agriturismo in Tuscany.)

Getting Between Italy and Greece

For most travelers flying will be the best way to get between Italy and Greece. There are ferries from the east coast cities of Italy (Venice, Ancona, Bari, and Brindisi) to the west coast of Greece (Patras, Igoumenitsa, Corfu, Kefalonia, and Zante) but if time is any concern these are not the best ways to get between Greece and Italy. There are no ferries from Italy to Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, or Athens.

Popular Flights Between Italy and Greece

Flights from Italy to Athens will fly year-round. Flights from Italy to the Greek Islands (Santorini, Mykonos, and Heraklion, Crete) will typically run May to October. Search Kayak.com for routes, times, and fares.
• Rome-Athens
• Rome-Santorini
• Rome-Mykonos
• Rome-Heraklion
• Milan-Athens
• Milan-Santorini
• Milan-Mykonos
• Milan-Heraklion
• Venice-Athens
• Venice-Santorini
• Venice-Mykonos
• Naples-Athens
• Naples-Santorini
• Naples-Mykonos

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2 Questions and Comments

  1. Best Beaches in Greece and Italy

    We are planning a 3 week honeymoon to Greece and Italy. Where in either country would we find the best beach? We’re not huge beach fans but would like one stop (for two or three days) for beach relaxing and swimming. We’d also like good restaurants and a place or two to get a drink within walking distance. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Greece has more great beaches than Italy. So, you’ll certainly want to have your beach stop be in Greece. Beaches high on my list would be Saint Georges beach in Naxos (to be close to great restaurants), Agia Anna or Prokopios beachbes in Naxos (if the beach is more important but fewer good places to eat), Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos, and Mylopotas beach in Ios (good restaurants nearby but for the best take the short bus ride in the Chora).

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