Italy, Spain and Greece in 10 Days

Venice, Italy

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I was determined to see Rome, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Athens, Myconos and Santorini. All of them! In 10 days.

It took me a few months to plan this trip, since it was involving so many combinations and matching in between various kinds of transportation (flights, rails, water buses, regular buses, ferry rides)

My Travel Plan

I hope this post can help some of you and give you ideas with your own travel planning for that part of the world!

Day 1 – Flight from USA to Rome
Get a Taxi or Shuttle from the airport to the hotel
Hotel in Rome: Holiday Inn Express Rome – San Giovanni (2 nights)

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Day 2 – Explore Rome! Take a walk and enjoy the vibrant energy of the city! Loved the Trevi Fountain, the massive Colosseum, the narrow streets with romantic little restaurants with outside tables, decorated with fresh flowers and the smell of delicious food around!

Italian Train

Day 3– Take a rail from Rome to Florence. Book your one-way ticket online at Rail Europe
Explore Florence! Take any of the city sightseeing hop-on hop-off buses!
Hotel in Florence: Hotel Olimpia (1 night)

Gondola Ride, Venice, Italy

Day 4– Take a rail from Florence to ‘Venice – Santa Lucia’ (this is the central train station to Venice). Book your one-way ticket online at Rail Europe
Vaporetti (public water buses): Take a water bus to the hotel. They run 24 hours a day, however, less frequently after midnight. Different lines travel different parts of the city at various speeds. You can buy ticket on boarding from the boat attendant. Contact the hotel where you decide to stay and ask them what boat number you should take and where to get off.
Hotel in Venice: Hotel Villa Tiziana (1 night)

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Day 5– Take a water bus to go back to the train station Mestre-Venezia, from where you can get on a train or bus to the airport Treviso, in order to get on a plane with Ryan Air to Girona Airport (Barcelona, Spain). Purchase in advance your round trip air ticket (Treviso-Barcelona) from Ryan Air
Get on a bus from Girona Airport to Barcelona to your hotel
Hotel in Barcelona: Barcelo Hotel Sants (2 nights)

Day 6– Explore Barcelona! Take any of the city sightseeing buses!

Day 7– Take a bus back to Girona Airport (Barcelona) to get on the flight back to Treviso Airport (Venice)
Get on ATVO bus from Treviso Airport to Piazzale Roma to the port where you get on Minoan Line’s bus-shuttle (grey Brusutti bus) and they drive you to the sea port for your ferry to Greece
Get at the sea port and take off to Greece with Minoan Lines Ferry to Korfu-Igumenitsa-Patras You spend one night on the ferry and get off the next day at the last stop- Patras. Buy your tickets online in advance.

Ferry from Italy to Greece

Day 8– Arrive in Patras and get on a bus to Athens
Hotel in Athens: Acropolis View Hotel (1 night)

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Day 9– Explore Acropolis in Athens in the morning!
In the early afternoon, get on a taxi from the hotel in Acropolis to the port in Piraeus. It is about 20 min away and costs no more than 15 Euro.
From the port of Piraeus, get on Paleologos Travel high speed ferry to Myconos, which gets you there in about 4 hours.
Hotel in Myconos: The Myconian K Hotels (1 night in Myconos)
*This hotel provides transportation on arrival and departure from/to the port/hotel, free of charge.

Santorini, Greece

Day 10– Get on a ferry to Paros and from there on ferry to Santorini
Hotel:El Greco Hotel Apartments (2 nights)

Oia Town, Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

*After Santorini, my trip continued with a flight back to Athens, Greece and then another flight to my native Varna, Bulgaria for a 13 days stay. After that, I got on a flight from Varna to Paris, where I had a chance to spend the night – go for a night walk and get on the Eiffel Tower. In the morning I took another short walk and had coffee and pastry at one of the Paris’ charming little coffee shops. Lastly, I got on my flight back to the US!

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