23 days in Istanbul, Venice & Florence Itinerary

23 days in Istanbul, Venice & Florence Itinerary

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23 days in Istanbul, Venice & Florence Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 7 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
End: Istanbul, Turkey

7
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. Explore Istanbul's surroundings by going to Aya Yorgi Church (in Buyukada) and Green Tomb (in Bursa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Green Tomb, Aya Yorgi Church
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Arena di Verona, Piazzale Castel San Pietro, & more), Castello del Catajo (in Battaglia Terme) and Pomposa Abbey (in Codigoro). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Military Memorial Redipuglia, wander the streets of Cannaregio, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Venice when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Brescia, Castello del Catajo, Basilica di Aquileia, Military Memorial Redipuglia
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

7
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Pisa are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Museo Ferrari (in Maranello), Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Duomo di Modena (in Modena). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Rocchetta Mattei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Florence sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Bologna, Duomo di Modena, Basilica San Vitale, Rocchetta Mattei
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum and then steep yourself in history at Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Florence to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Florence to Istanbul. Traveling from Florence in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Eyüp Sultan Mosque ©
Eyüp Sultan Mosque

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