20 days in Greece, Italy & Germany Itinerary

20 days in Greece, Italy & Germany Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Akrotiri
Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Queenstown


Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Parthenon.

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Queenstown, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Queenstown to Athens. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rome.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect little chillier with lows of 70°F in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Venice, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice online vacation planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Berlin, Germany — 6 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Popular historic sites such as East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, head outdoors with StandUpClub Berlin, and add some fun to your beach time Backstagetourism.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Berlin tour itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Venice to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Akrotiri.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure · Parks

Akrotiri, Greece — 3 nights

Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Get outdoors at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Captain George Santorini Yachting. Get some cultural insight at Akrotiri and S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santorini Volcano, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Berlin to Akrotiri takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Akrotiri. July in Akrotiri sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

Greece travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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

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.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.