16 days in Italy, Greece & Malta Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Greece & Malta Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Fly to Naples, Ferry to Capri
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Capri, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and National Archaeological Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, don't miss a visit to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planning site.

Louisville, USA to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Athens is 7 hours. Traveling from Louisville in December, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Valletta.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Valletta, Malta

— 3 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Knights Hospitallers, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City, then see the interesting displays at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Malta at War Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at St. John's Co-Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Malta Aviation Museum, kick back and relax at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mosta Parish.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Valletta trip builder.

Getting from Athens to Valletta by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Valletta is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Capri.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Capri, Italy

— 2 nights
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa San Michele and La Bottega dell'Arte di Sergio Rubino. Visit Marina Piccola and Marina Grande Public Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: trek along Fortini Coastal Walk, enjoy the sea views from Punta Carena Lighthouse, get to know the fascinating history of Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps), and enjoy breathtaking views from Belvedere di Tragara.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Capri trip maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Valletta to Capri in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valletta in December: highs in Capri hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naples.

Things to do in Capri

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, take an in-depth tour of Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pio Monte della Misericordia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Naples road trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Capri to Naples in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Capri in December, Naples is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. Visit Colosseum and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.

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.