19 days in Barcelona, Greece & Italian Riviera Itinerary

19 days in Barcelona, Greece & Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Rhodes Town, Greece
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Rethymnon, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Cinque Terre, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip website.

Barranquilla, Colombia to Barcelona is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Barranquilla to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barranquilla in July: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 1st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, then steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, and finally make a trip to Aristotelous Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki trip maker app.

Getting from Barcelona to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Thessaloniki, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 1 night
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Faliraki Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town travel route planning tool.

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Rhodes Town in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Rhodes Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
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Rethymnon, Greece

— 3 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Heraklion (Castello del Molo (Koules), The Natural History Museum of Crete, &more), The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos) and Kazantzakis Museum (in Myrtia). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, stroll through Georgioupolis Beach, and steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Rhodes Town in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rethymnon, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rethymnon to Athens in 4.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Cinque Terre is known for trails, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, stroll through Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Cinque Terre takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Cinque Terre due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in August; daily highs in Cinque Terre reach 35°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Genoa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Pastorino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Genoa planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Genoa by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Genoa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Greece travel guide

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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.

Italian Riviera travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.