23 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 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.
Visit Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Piazza delle Erbe, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Sebastiano.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice route maker website.

Minneapolis, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Venice: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Arche Scaligere, wander the streets of Via Mazzini, then see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, and finally view the masterpieces at Fondazione Bisazza.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Verona road trip planning app.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, look for gifts at La Libreria Del Mare, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Milan holiday builder website.

Getting from Verona to Milan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Milan sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo. Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Dedicate the 30th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Milan in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, visit Trastevere, make a trip to Roman Forum, and delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rome vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Positano, Italy

— 2 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina di Praia Beach, and then kick back and relax at Fornillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Grande, take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, then examine the collection at Museo della Carta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Positano journey planner.

Drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Positano when traveling from Rome in January, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Positano

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 6th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, then kick back and relax at Marina Di Vietri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno, and finally examine the collection at Pinacoteca Provinciale Salerno. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, then take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, then steep yourself in history at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Naples attractions planner.

You can drive from Positano to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Positano in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Naples. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Monastiraki, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and then don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Athens takes 5.5 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 Naples to Athens is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ortakoy, shop like a local with Istiklal Caddesi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in January, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (48°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.