22 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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22 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, take a stroll through Trastevere, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Verona, Italy

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 14th (Tue), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's still lots to do: catch a live event at Arena di Verona, step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, get outside with King Rock arrampicata, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Verona route planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Verona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace.

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You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Athens, Greece

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: high temperatures in Athens hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

4
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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in January, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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