22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo travel planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

3
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rome in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in January; daily highs in Rome reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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.
Verona is known for nightlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, get interesting insight from Tours, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Verona trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Rome to Verona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) 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
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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 Padua away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and make a trip to Piazza San Marco.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice holiday planner.

Getting from Verona to Venice by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to 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

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, explore the engaging exhibits at Hellenic Children's Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens online vacation planner.

Getting from Venice to Athens by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Athens is 1 hour. In January, Athens is a bit warmer than Venice - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

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

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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Athens in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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