Europe Trip in France, Greece, and Italy
–Paris, France —> Florence, Venice, and Rome in Italy —-> Santorini and Athens in Greece–Europe is the planet’s sixth-largest continent, which includes 47 countries and islands. This specific Europe trip will take you to the beautiful city of Paris, France, and a few popular destinations in Italy! The last place you travel to is Greece. We provide things to do on the Greek island of Santorini and the ancient ruins of Athens, Greece. The trip listed below has no time limit, as you can spend however much time you would like in each place. The more time you have, the more you can do on this list! Below is our Europe Trip in France, Greece, and Italy. How to Get Around Europe? The cheapest way to travel throughout Europe is by purchasing an Interrail Global Pass. The global pass will enable you to see and travel to any country for seven days within one month for 251 Euros. Book Your Flights: If you’re on a budget, compare flights and get the best deals by booking through an App called Hopper. This itinerary begins in Paris, France, and ends in Athens, Greece.
Stop #1: Paris, FranceParis is a destination that is both iconic and historic. Paris is the capital city of France and is known for its magnificent view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. There are art museums and historic buildings to explore, as well as cute cafes and restaurants to try out! The food is incomparable to any other place, as the croissants and tea are quite delicious.
4 Facts About Paris:
- Paris was originally a Roman City called ‘Lutetia’
- Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the world
- The Arc de Triomphe took 30 years to complete
- The Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum is the most viewed piece of art in the entire world
16 Things to Do in Paris, France:
#1: Eiffel Tower-Visiting the Eiffel Tower at night is an experience you do not want to miss, as the tower lights up and looks stunning. Did you know? There are 1,665 steps to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower and on every floor, you will find a range of dining and gift-shop options. If you would like to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, then purchase a ticket in person because it is cheaper than buying one online!
#2: Jardin des Tuileries-Jardin des Tuileries is a free public garden near the Louvre Museum. The garden was created in 1564 and became a public park after the French Revolution. Address: 113, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris, France
#3: Louvre Museum –I highly recommend visiting the world’s largest art museum, as the oil paintings are beautiful and unforgettable. The entrance is 9 euros and is open 9 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday. It is not open on Tuesdays. Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
#4: Musee d’Orsay-Visiting Musee d’Orsay is for you if you love art and architecture. This museum holds French art like paintings, sculptures, and photography. This museum is open from Tuesday until Saturday. The first Sunday of the month is free. Address: 1 Rue de la Legion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
#5: Notre Dame Cathedral-The Gothic Cathedral is temporarily closed. The Notre Dame Cathedral was burned to the ground on April 15th, 2019. The roof had been destroyed and its upper walls were severely damaged. I was lucky enough to see the Cathedral in June of 2017. They are rebuilding the cathedral and it is expected to be completed in 2024. Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
#6: Rue Cremieux-Why not stroll along one of the most colorful streets in Paris? This charming cobblestone street is one of the most popular places to take photos for Instagram in Paris. Address: Rue Crémieux, 75012 Paris, France
#7: Catacombs-The Catacombs hold the remains of 6 million people in a small tunnel. The Catacombs are closed on Mondays and a ticket is $15.90 to visit. Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
#8: Moulin Rouge:The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in France. The venue is iconic, and the show is spectacular. Address: 82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
#9: Crazy Horse:The Crazy Horse is another cabaret in France that you can go and see for yourself! Address: 12 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
#10: Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck –Visit the Montparnasse for a view of Paris from a spectacular angle! Address: Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France
#11: Sacre Coeur-This Roman Catholic church is a famous monument that was built in 1919. This church is located at the highest point in the city and visiting is free. Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
#12: Montmartre-Montmartre is a historic district that goes uphill located in Northern Paris. Stroll along the streets and go shopping or try out different cafes and baristas while you are there. Montmartre is known for its artistic history, as Vincent Van Gough and Picasso have lived there. Address: 12 Rue Cortot, Paris, IdF 75018
#13: Luxembourg Gardens-Visit Jardin Du Luxembourg or the Luxembourg Gardens to see famous statues of politicians, scientists, sculptors, artists, poets, composers, and painters. This garden was created in 1612. Address: Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, Île-de-France 75006
#14: Les Invalides:Les Invalides has monuments and museums all relating to the military history of Paris, France and the architecture is stunning. Address: Place des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France: s
#15: Cafe De Flore-If you are a Gossip Girl fan, visiting Cafe De Flore is a must! Seating in Paris faces the street at cafes and restaurants. People watching while enjoying your coffee is a relaxing experience you do not want to miss! Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
#16: Garden of Versailles-The Garden of Versailles is in front of a massive palace built by King Louis XIV. It was home to three generations of French kings and queens from 1682 until 1789. It is now a public garden closed on Mondays and costs 14 euros to enter. Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France Other things to do in Paris include eating Macarons, enjoying a glass of wine, visiting a Bistro or two, and taking a painting or art class!
Stop 2: Paris, France to Florence, Italy
-11 hours and 15 minutes-
- Italy: Italy is a country in the south, central of Europe, often times described as a country shaped like a boot. Italy has the greatest number of Roman Catholic churches per capita.
- Facts About Italy:
- Italy is slightly larger than Arizona.
- People have lived in Italy for Over 200,000 years.
- The longest river in Italy is the Po.
- The ice cream cone, the typewriter, and eyeglasses are Italian inventions.
- Over 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly.
- The Roman Emperor was Augustus Octavian, who came to power in 27 BC.
- Italy’s national dish is pasta.
- Florence, Italy: Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany region. The charming area is beautiful and has historical attractions. Florence is a perfect place to immerse yourself in art, history, and architecture.
- Facts About Florence, Italy:
- Purchase a Firenze Card to skip the lines at Museums
- Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
- More than 15 million visitors explore Florence each year.
- The Ponte Vecchio bridge is a famous landmark.
- Birthplace of Gelato in the 16th century
- Leonardo da Vinci was born in Florence and is one of the most famous artists of the Renaissance.
3 Things to Do in Florence Italy
#1: Visit Cathedrals and Religious Buildings:
- Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore-The Florence Cathedral is one of the many prominent landmarks of the city. The Cathedral took 140 years to complete. Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze
- San Miniato al Monte- This church is one of the oldest in Florence and has Romanesque architecture. Views from this church are nothing short of incredible, as you will be able to see the surrounding countryside of Florence. It is also a great spot to witness the sunset. It is free to attend, and there is a small shop to the left of the church where they sell monks’ wares.
- Siena Cathedral- This medieval church is incredible. – Address: Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
- Basilica di Santa Croce-This Franciscan Church was built in the 19th century, and inside you’ll find some of the earliest Renaissance paintings. This place also has tombs that you can go and see of some of the city’s most famous people, including Michelangelo. Address: Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
- The Baptistery of St. John-This religious building is gorgeous and should be added to your Florence Bucket List. The eight lower panels of the south doors depict the virtues of hope, faith, charity, humility, fortitude, temperance, justice, and prudence. Address: Piazza San Giovanni, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
#2: Visit Museums:
- Uffizi Galleries- This gallery is one of the world’s best museums. If you love art and architecture, visiting this art gallery is most definitely for you. Get there early at 8:15 am because this museum tends to be overcrowded. Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI
- Bargello National Museum- This museum in Florence has stunning sculptures inside a historical building that dates back to 1225. The sculptures were created during the Renaissance by artists named Michelangelo and Donatello.
- Galleria Dell Accademia- This art museum is absolutely breathtaking and one that you should not miss. Address: Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
#3: Witness the Best Views:
- Watch the Sunset at Ponte Vecchio- This medieval stone-closed bridge does get packed with tourists; however, it is unique to experience. The charming bridge is historic and was built in 1345. You’ll find small, historic shops that sell jewelry or gold along the bridge. Address: Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
- The Boboli Gardens- This stunning park has sculptures that date back to the 16th to 18th centuries Address: Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
- Piazzale Michelangelo- This public square has an amazing panoramic view of Florence, Italy- Address: Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Stop 3: Florence to Rome
3 hours and 28 minutesRome is the capital of Italy, located in the region of Lazio. It truly is a cultural experience, as the city is a mix of history, archeology, art, religion, and delicious food.
Facts About Rome:-Population: 4.3 million -Tourism: Most visited city in Italy -Languages: Greek and Latin were the official languages of the Roman Empire
7 Things to Do in Rome, Italy:
#1: Trevi Fountain-Visiting the Trevi fountain is a must-see on many travelers’ bucket lists, as it was a landmark in the Lizzie McGuire movie. Okay, but in all seriousness, the Trevi is a powerful example of a Baroque design with a distinctly mythological character. Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
#2: Pantheon-The Pantheon is a former Roman temple and now a church. While you are there, you can pay respects to Italian kings who were buried there. Address: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
#3: Vatican Museums-Reserve your ticket to the Vatican Museum in advance to save time. The best way to see the museum is with a guided tour in that they offer a host of knowledge about the place. The Sistine Chapel, spiral staircase, and Raphael Rooms are treasures housed within the museum. Tour: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour Address: Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
#4: St. Peters Basilica-St. Peter’s Basilica is free to visit, and you can climb the 551 steps to the summit for a fee of $10.00. This panorama view of Rome’s spectacular landscape is stunning. Address– Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
#5: Colosseum–The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever built and still standing today. Construction to hold 50,000 spectators began in 69AD. This place is known as an arena where many gladiatorial fights took place. Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill Tour: Colosseum Underground-Arena and Forum Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
#6: Piazza Navona-Piazza Navona is one of the best-known public squares in Rome because there are street performers and artists. Cafes, shops, and restaurants abound. The square is also home to infamous monuments like Sant ‘Agnese in Agone. Address: Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
#7: Galleria Borghese –The Galleria Borghese Museum has a massive art collection filled with famous works of popular sculptures. Address: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5, 00197 Roma RM, Italy
Stop 4: Rome to Venice
5 hours and 26 minutes
8 Things to Do in Venice, Italy
Venice is the most picturesque city in Italy. It is a city surrounded by canals and over 400 bridges. There are many unique things to do in the city that I will list below!
#1: St. Mark’s Square-St. Mark’s Basilica is the most famous church in Venice to visit. The church is unique, as it has a mix of influences. The beautiful domed ceilings and gold-leaf mosaics stand out the most.
#2: Doge’s Palace-Did you know? The Doge was also known as a chief magistrate elected for life by Venetian nobles. This palace is where the doge lived. Now the Palace is home to a museum and happens to be one of the most famous landmarks in Venice to date.
#3: Cross the Bridge o Sighs-The Bridge o Sighs was created out of white limestone that spans the Rio di Palazzo in Venice. It once led to a Venetian prison. It was a convict’s last sight before losing their freedom. Hence the “sighs” as they passed.
#4: Basilica di San Marco-Basilica di San Marco is the most famous church in Venice to visit. The church is unique, as it has a mix of influences. The beautiful domed ceilings and gold-leaf mosaics stand out the most.
#5: Ponte di Rialto-The Ponte Di Rialto Bridge is one of the most famous ones in Venice because the architecture of it and the fact that the view at the top of it is breathtaking.
#6: Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute-Venice suffered the bubonic plague in the 17th century. Post plague, Venetians built this basilica to honor Virgin Mary, who they believe saved them from much worse. The result was a beautiful baroque-style structure with a dome. This building has become an iconic part of the Venetian skyline.
#7: Gondola Ride-Float through the canals and under bridges on a boat or a Gondola for the best adventure in Venice. A friendly, knowledgeable tour guide who happens to sing is an experience you will remember forever.
#8: St Mark’s Campanile-The observatory deck at the top of Marco Campanile has a fabulous view of Venice. Did you know? Drones are not allowed in Venice. The observatory deck will be the best view that you will get!
Stop 5: Venice, Italy to Athens, GreeceAthens, the capital of Greece, is one of the oldest cities in the world because it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, landing the earliest presence on earth. The remarkable city is known for its artists, cultural impact, and history. It is also known for being the birthplace of democracy and the motherland of western civilization.
#1: Acropolis of Athens-The Acropolis is an ancient citadel or old city located on a rocky outcrop with beautiful views above Athens. The Acropolis in Greek means “The Sacred Rock, The High City’ and is primarily dedicated to the Goddess Athena. The remains consist of ancient buildings, and the most famous monument is the Parthenon, pictured above. The Parthenon continues to be a symbol of democracy and the Greek Civilization. The Acropolis is known for the Theater of Dionysus Eleutherius. The theatre is the world’s first theater.
#2: Plaka-Plaka is the old town of Athens and is absolutely stunning. It is located near the Acropolis.
#3: Temple of Olympian Zeus-This archeological site is a 15-acre park southeast of the Acropolis and includes a temple consisting of 104 pillars dedicated to the god Zeus. This temple was built in the 6th century B.C. and finished in the 2nd century A.C. by the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. The monument was made of limestone and covered in stucco. King Zeus is known to be the god of the sky and thunder. He is the king of all other gods and men or the chief figure in Greek mythology.
#4: Ancient Agora of Athens-This ancient ruin, now a museum, was a political center where they taught Socrates and democracy was born. The Stoa of Attolos is a reconstructed building that serves as a museum for the archaeological site. ‘Stoa’ is also known as a covered walkway. However, there are still points of the original building that have been untouched. The original was built by King Attalos II of Pergamon, who ruled between 159BC and 138BC. The original building was destroyed by Heruli, which is a German tribe. Other monuments within this archeological site include the Temple of Hephaestus.
Stop 6: Athens to SantoriniSantorini, a volcanic Greek island, is truly one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. I enjoyed exploring the unique white and blue villages surrounded by beautiful deep blue waters. Santorini is a dream destination because it has incredible landscapes and awesome things to do.
#1: Akrotiri-If you are fascinated by archaeology, then a tour at the Ancient Akrotiri is for you to experience. History lovers will be intrigued by what you can discover by visiting this museum. This archaeological zone is a small 3,600-year-old village occupied since 5000 BC. You will see buildings once covered in meters of lava and destroyed due to the volcanic explosion. The buildings were rebuilt and now the city is in great condition even after thousands of years.
#2: Red Beach-There are many different beaches to swim at in Santorini. Two famous beaches to visit are Red Beach and Perissa Beach. The beaches are volcanic, which means they will have black or red rocks. The beaches tend to be very hot over the feet. The atmosphere is unique and one I recommend.
#3: Persia black Sand Beach-If getting into the water is your idea of a great time, then a trip to Perissa Beach is for you. There are a variety of water sports you can experience, including waterskiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or riding on a banana boat. Perissa Beach is the main center for water sports.
#4: Santo Winery-Santorini has been producing wine since ancient times. The red wine is less desired. Give their white or sparkling wine a try! The most famous wine is Assyrtiko, a dry white wine that pairs well with seafood. -Winery Tour: Visit three different wineries with this wine-tasting tour in Santorini!
#5: Sunset in Oia-Oia is a town located in Santorini with some of the best sunsets. This place is especially magical because it has stunning views of the water. There are restaurants and bars to try, and also unique boutiques to go shopping. Ari and I were lucky enough to witness the infamous sunset while enjoying a glass of Greek wine and dessert at a traditional Greek restaurant. That concludes the adventure. As I stated previously, it is up to you how much time you would like to stay at each destination. Have you been to Europe? Spain? France? Greece? Comment down below about your experience! We would love to hear about it. Similar Posts:
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