16 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Milan driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Milan is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Milan is 6 hours. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon. On your second day here, take a stroll through Cannaregio, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally explore the galleries of Doge's Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You will leave for Rome on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Florence

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Campidoglio, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by the White, Santorini, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and finally learn about winemaking at Santo Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Art Space, examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, get engrossed in the history at SYMPOSION by La Ponta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Fira takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Fira, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fira, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Santo Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Tomato Industrial Museum, Art Space
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Museum of Prehistoric Thira ©
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

3
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Cirali Plaji, then kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yivli Minaret Mosque, then examine the collection at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Ataturk House & Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Antalya online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Antalya takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to Antalya is 1 hour. While traveling from Fira, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ancient Theater
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Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum ©
Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and Zelve Open Air Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Royal Balloon. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari, delve into the distant past at Özkonak Underground City, examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

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You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nevsehir, Peri Bacalari, Kocabag Winery, Cappadocia Art & History Museum
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Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©
Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon

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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) capture your imagination. Visit Selimpasa Sahili and Kisirkaya Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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