21 days in Turkey, Italy & Greece Itinerary

21 days in Turkey, Italy & Greece Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey, Italy & Greece Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
+2
Train + Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Madrid, Spain

2
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 with an excursion to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Venice is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to L’importuno di Michelangelo, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Athens visit planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Florence to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Florence in May, with highs in Athens at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in June since evenings lows in Rome dip to 21°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 7th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then explore the ancient world of Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Selcuk takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Selcuk. June in Selcuk sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and finally delve into the distant past at Hierapolis. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale route builder .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Istanbul are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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