19 days in Italy, Spain & Greece Itinerary

19 days in Italy, Spain & Greece Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Mykonos Town
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in November, things will get cooler in Rome: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

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 4th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip maker tool.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, expect Venice to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Oia, Greece

— 2 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Red Beach, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then stroll through Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, then view the masterpieces at Oria Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oia trip planning site.

Getting from Madrid to Oia by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Oia. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect Oia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 1 night

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paraportiani Church, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Mykonos Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at National Garden, take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens.

Make your Athens itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.