16 days in Italy, Greece & Egypt Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Greece & Egypt Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, Greece & Egypt Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll get in some beach time at St. Mark's Square and Scrovegni Chapel. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice route planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Venice. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll get in some beach time at Uffizi Galleries and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Shop till you drop at Mercato Centrale and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Piazza del Campo & Siena Cathedral). There's much more to do: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence travel route builder tool .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Via Condotti and Vatican Museums. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Rome sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Shop till you drop at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and Temple of Olympian Zeus. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Plaka, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and get great views at Mount Lycabettus.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Athens sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

1
day
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh ©
An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
On the 15th (Wed), ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh and then kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Athens to Sharm El Sheikh takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Athens in January: high temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach
Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh ©
Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh

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