17 days in Italy, Santorini & Chania Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Santorini, Bus to Perissa
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Perissa, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Fly to Chania Town
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Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Alghero, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cabras, Italy
— 1 night
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Villasimius, Italy
— 3 nights
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Perissa, Greece — 2 nights

One of Santorini's seaside treasures, Perissa provides travelers with a lively restaurant scene and easy access to several archaeological sites.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Kamari Beach and Vlychada Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Red Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Perissa online holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Perissa is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Perissa is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Perissa: highs are around 35°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 3 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Greek National Football Museum and MINOAN'S WORLD will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Lighthouse of Chania and German Military Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves) and Akrotiri (Seitan Limania Beach & Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada)). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Souda Bay War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Chania, and stroll through Agii Apostoli Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Perissa to Chania Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sorrento.
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Sorrento, Italy — 3 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pompeii Archaeological Park and Odeon - Teatro Piccolo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei and Scavi di Stabia. Get out of town with these interesting Sorrento side-trips: Pompeii (Casa del Fauno, Villa dei Misteri, &more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Sorrento, and enjoy the sand and surf at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sorrento holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Chania Town to Sorrento takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chania Town to Sorrento. In July, daily temperatures in Sorrento can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 2 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Monte Faito e Panorama, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Caterina, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, and finally steep yourself in history at Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, then steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Positano online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sorrento to Positano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Alghero.
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Alghero, Italy — 2 nights

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Capo Caccia, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Torre del Porticciolo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Del Lazzaretto, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, kick back and relax at spiaggia di Porto Ferro, kick back and relax at Porto Ferro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Mugoni, and finally kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Maria Pia.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Alghero trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Positano to Alghero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Positano in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Alghero, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cabras.
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Cabras, Italy — 1 night

Looking out onto a vast coastline from the southern shore of the lake, Cabras represents an ancient village best known for its rare historical finds that date as far back as the Neolithic times.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Area archeologica di Tharros, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint John Baptist di Sinis, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maimoni Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Is Arutas, and finally examine the collection at Museo Civico Giovanni Marongiu.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cabras road trip website.

You can drive from Alghero to Cabras in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cabras can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Villasimius.
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Villasimius, Italy — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Simius Beach and Spiaggia del Giunco o Notteri. We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia di Mari Pintau and Cala Pira. When in Villasimius, make a side trip to see Spiaggia Piscina Rei in Muravera, approximately Muravera away.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Villasimius trip site.

Traveling by car from Cabras to Villasimius takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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Chania Prefecture travel guide

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Beaches · Marinas · National Parks
Covering Crete's western section, Chania prefecture features some of the island's least spoiled natural areas, as well as its only freshwater lake. Most tourists concentrate on the prefecture's namesake capital, overlooking the dramatic landscapes of the region's sprawling national park. Designated as one of UNESCO's biosphere reserves, the park contains a rugged gorge known for sheltering many endemic plant species and providing a much-needed refuge for the rare kri-kri goat. Test your best hiking shoes by exploring this nature lover's paradise on day trips from the town of Chania, or settle in one of the nearby villages and spend your vacation touring the island's less-frequented southwestern shore.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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Sardinia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.
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