22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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22 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + 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, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Ibirapuera Park, have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual Arcade VR, see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip maker website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Pixel Realidade Virtual Arcade VR ©
Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rome in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in January, with highs in Rome at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) 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 15th (Wed), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. The adventure continues: see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, browse the eclectic array of goods at Piazza delle Erbe, and explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Verona online trip maker .

You can take a train from Rome to Verona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the 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

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. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip maker app .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) 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: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Venice to Athens. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in January; daily highs in Athens reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up 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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Food Tours
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

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 landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul. 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 will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for 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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