14 days in France, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Amboise, France
— 1 night
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights


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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Paris, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amboise.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Amboise, France — 1 night

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

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You can take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Amboise sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Florence.
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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 20th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

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Traveling by flight from Amboise to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amboise in July, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train 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 21st (Sun): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica and then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then get a dose of the wild on Santorini Sailing. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Fly from Rome to Fira in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife
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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 25th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, then make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum.

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You can fly from Fira to Athens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. July in Athens sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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France travel guide

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.

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.