19 days in Greece, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

19 days in Greece, Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
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Hydra, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Oia, Greece
— 1 night
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Milan
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Varenna, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry
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Bellagio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Cernobbio, Italy
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Athens road trip planning website.

Newark, USA to Athens is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Athens is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Newark in May, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Hydra.
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Hydra, Greece — 1 day

Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. On the 25th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Avlaki Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandraki Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hydra trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Hydra. In May, daytime highs in Hydra are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hydra to Athens. You will leave for Naxos Town on the 26th (Fri).
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Naxos Town, Greece — 3 nights

Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Shop till you drop at Fish & Olive and Naxia Gi. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Panagia Myrtidiotissa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naxos Town: Temple of Demeter (in Sangri), Panagia Drossiani Church (in Moni) and Church of Panagia Filotitissa (in Filoti). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Temple of Apollo – Portara, kick back and relax at Maragas Beach, examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Naxos Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Naxos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May in Naxos Town, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry 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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, explore the galleries of Ernesto Workshop & Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at MATI Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Cultural Village, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Pyrgos, then ride a horse along Santorini Horse Riding, and finally see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fira travel itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Naxos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Oia.
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Oia, Greece — 1 night

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry, take in the exciting artwork at Oia Treasures Art Gallery, indulge your senses at Meliton tours, then browse the exhibits of Mnemossyne Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Oria Art Gallery. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Georgios Church, kick back and relax at Koloumbos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradisos Beach, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Sigalas.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oia online road trip planner.

Oia is just a short distance from Fira. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

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.
To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip builder website.

Getting from Oia to Milan by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Oia in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Milan. You will leave for Varenna on the 2nd (Fri).
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Varenna, Italy — 1 night

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Marta, see the interesting displays at La Ca Di Radio Vecc, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Varenna online route builder.

You can drive from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Varenna are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Bellagio.
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Bellagio, Italy — 1 night

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at Museo degli Strumenti per la Navigazione, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, stop by Laved, then learn about winemaking at Enoteca Principessa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, and finally get a dose of the wild on Walking Tour Bellagio - Lake of Como.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bellagio trip planner.

Getting from Varenna to Bellagio by ferry takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Bellagio are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cernobbio.
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Cernobbio, Italy — 1 night

Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Giovanni, get outside with Lido di Moltrasio, then look for gifts at La Piazzetta, and finally examine the collection at Villa Bernasconi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cernobbio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Cernobbio takes 1.5 hours. In June in Cernobbio, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 5th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus and then see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then see the interesting displays at Richard Wagner Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Cernobbio to Lucerne in 3 hours. In June, Lucerne is little chillier than Cernobbio - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Lucerne to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Milan: highs are around 83°F and lows about 64°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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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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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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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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