13 days in Spain, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights


Barcelona, Spain — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the masterpieces at Casa Vicens, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

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Charlotte, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare and then look for gifts at Elena Kihlman Designer Concept Store. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, wander the streets of Trastevere, and then look for gifts at Antica Caciara Trasteverina.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Milan.
Beaches · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 14th (Fri), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle and then don't miss a visit to I Navigli. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

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Getting from Rome to Milan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Milan, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.
Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping
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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 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

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You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Monastiraki, stop by Didw Athens, then admire the landmark architecture of Parthenon, and finally look for gifts at ChiliMenta.

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Fly from Venice to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Venice in July, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to Heraklion.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Heraklion, Greece — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, admire the masterpieces at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, then get curious at Kotsanas Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules).

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Fly from Athens to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Spain travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.

Greece travel guide

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.