22 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 9 nights
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Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
On the 21st (Tue), snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice itinerary planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Venice. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Minneapolis in December: highs in Venice hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Stibbert Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, and browse the exhibits of Cappella Brancacci.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence day trip planner.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Salerno.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Salerno, Italy

— 3 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Diocesano San Matteo di Salerno and Museo Archeologico Provinciale di Salerno. Visit Duomo di Salerno and Tempio di Pomona for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Salerno: Benevento (Chiesa di Santa Sofia & Centro Storico di Benevento) and Convent of Friars Minor Capuchin of Pietrelcina (in Pietrelcina). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Villa Comunale, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Giorgio, get outside with Cilento, and look for gifts at Lavorazione Artigianale Savastano.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Salerno day trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Salerno in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Florence in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salerno, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and The Castle of St Nicholas. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and Monastery of Dominican Sisters are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Vlychada Beach, admire the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

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You can fly from Salerno to Fira in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Salerno to Fira is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 9 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sardala Koyu and Kartepe Ski Center. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, visit Beyoglu, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour builder tool.

You can fly from Fira to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fira in January, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.