18 days in Italy, Athens & Kalambaka Itinerary

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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 night
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
Train to Thessaloniki, Fly to Amsterdam


Naples, Italy — 5 nights

Visit Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Cimbrone Gardens for their historical value. Duomo di Ravello and Museo della Carta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Pompeii (Lupanar, Bosco de Medici Winery, &more), Collegiate Santa Maria Maddalena (in Atrani) and Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naples trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Naples is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in June, with highs in Naples at 32°C and lows at 22°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pantheon and Villa Adriana. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, wander the streets of Trastevere, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

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Take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Vatican City.
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Vatican City, Italy — 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vatican City road trip planning tool.

Vatican City is very close to Rome. June in Vatican City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

Appreciate the collections at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum - Museum of Greek Culture. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate) and TASTE3 (in Nafplio). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Plaka, explore the world behind art at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', visit Monastiraki, and delve into the distant past at Erechtheion.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens day trip site.

Traveling by car from Vatican City to Athens takes 21 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vatican City to Athens due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka, Greece — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, then take in nature's colorful creations at Varlaam Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meteora, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iera Moni Agiou Stefanou. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Theopetra's Prehistoric Cave, examine the collection at Hellenic Culture Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Athens to Kalambaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in July, Kalambaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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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.