12 days in Turkey, Greek Isles & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Turkey, Greek Isles & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey, Greek Isles & Italy Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Taksim Square, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

Find out how to plan Istanbul trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Lisbon, Portugal to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 3 hours. When traveling from Lisbon in March, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll through Kamari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and then do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A..

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Fira by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Istanbul to Fira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Istanbul in April since evenings lows in Fira dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamari Beach, Boutari Winery, Red Beach
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Boutari Winery ©
Boutari Winery

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fira in April, plan for little chillier nights in Rome, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and then learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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.
On the 10th (Fri), look for gifts at The Studio in Venice, then steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice holiday maker website .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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