25 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

25 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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25 days in Italy, Athens & Istanbul Itinerary

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:  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.
On the 4th (Sat), look for gifts at Fragio Gioielli and then buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

Make your Milan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: high temperatures in Milan hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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.
On the 9th (Thu), 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, step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Verona trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Venice.

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

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.
Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

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
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square

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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

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
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 Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus.

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

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. 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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Food Tours
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

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 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), explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing planner.

Getting from Athens to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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