25 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

25 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  5 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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 4th (Sat): stop by Fragio Gioielli and then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip maker.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Milan is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Milan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect Milan to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and take a stroll through Quinzano.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Verona trip itinerary website.

Getting from Milan to Verona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) 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
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find out how to plan a trip to Venice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
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: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation builder.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) 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

4
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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