18 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Billum, Denmark to Venice is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Billum in July: high temperatures in Venice hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Milan.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then get a taste of the local shopping with M.G. Design, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence trip site.

Getting from Milan to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ravello.
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Ravello, Italy — 1 night

Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Villa Rufolo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, then take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then take in the dramatic scenery at Valle delle Ferriere, and finally look for gifts at Filo d'Autore Ravello.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ravello journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in July, expect nights in Ravello to be a bit warmer, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip website.

You can fly from Ravello to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ravello to Athens. When traveling from Ravello in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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 13th (Thu): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale journey planning website.

Getting from Athens to Pamukkale by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 1 night

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then look for gifts at Turquoise Rugs & Bags.

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Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
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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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesifor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

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Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in July: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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Greece travel guide

4.3
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.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.
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