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
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Turin, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  15​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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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: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip 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 difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Istanbul is 6 hours. In January, Istanbul is colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 10°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
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, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, and get great views at Mount Lycabettus.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 in Athens, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

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

3
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.
Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in January, expect Venice to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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

4
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 21st (Tue), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. The adventure continues: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, get outside with King Rock arrampicata, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and wander the streets of Quinzano.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Verona trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Verona

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

1
night
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, make a trip to Piazza San Carlo, and then get engrossed in the history at Egyptian Museum of Turin.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turin vacation planner.

Getting from Verona to Turin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Turin are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Turin

Museums
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Egyptian Museum of Turin ©
Egyptian Museum of Turin
Museo Nazionale del Cinema ©
Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Piazza San Carlo ©
Piazza San Carlo

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: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Turin to Rome takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Turin in January: highs in Rome hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for 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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