12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Athens, Greece

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Vigne di Raito and Villa Rufolo. Step out of Ravello with an excursion to Fornillo in Positano--about 54 minutes away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip itinerary maker site .

Athens, Greece to Ravello is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Ravello due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in August: highs in Ravello hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lido Capo di Conca, Fornillo, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome online travel planner .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence route builder .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

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

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online visit planner .

Getting from Venice to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Venice to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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