15 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

15 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galata Tower and Chora Museum. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planning website.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Turkey Time is 3 hours. Traveling from London in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Jewish Museum of Greece, then wander the streets of Plaka, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then explore the world behind art at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Athens day trip tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Athens, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ALEFBET and Trevimage. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Basilica and Galleria Borghese. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, take a stroll through Trastevere, and contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Assisi, Italy

— 1 night

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
On the 15th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Assisi Galleria 6C, view the masterpieces at B.A.T. Assisi, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Assisi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in November, you will find days in Assisi are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, then view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip planner.

Getting from Assisi to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Verona, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Dello Scudo, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then shop like a local with Via Mazzini, then browse the exhibits of Casa di Giulietta, and finally learn about winemaking at Bertani.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Verona itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Verona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in November, things will get little chillier in Verona: highs are around 14°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then view the masterpieces at Max Studio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then stop by Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Venice driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.