9 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

9 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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9 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, then admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Chicago to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in February, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Athens hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

2
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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to Pantheon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome journey builder .

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Florence route tool .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Venice are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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