22 days in Italy, Istanbul & Athens Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Istanbul & Athens Itinerary

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22 days in Italy, Istanbul & Athens Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

3
nights
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: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 10°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
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: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Monastiraki, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Venice online attractions planner .

Getting from Athens to Venice by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Venice. Traveling from Athens in January, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Verona.

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
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 19th (Sun), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. There's still lots to do: see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, and make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Verona trip builder site .

Getting from Venice to Verona by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

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

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then catch a live performance at La Casa Maledetta, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, then browse the exhibits of Castello Sforzesco, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip tool .

You can take a train from Verona to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
La Casa Maledetta ©
La Casa Maledetta

5
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: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

Start your trip to Rome by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Milan to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Milan in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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

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