14 days in Italy, Athens & Brussels Itinerary

14 days in Italy, Athens & Brussels Itinerary

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14 days in Italy, Athens & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  9​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Mount Lycabettus. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, make a trip to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and wander the streets of Anafiotika.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens online route builder .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Athens is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Riyadh in January, with highs in Athens at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ghent City Center and Guild Houses. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Burg Square, &more), Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei & Gravensteen) and Grote Markt (in Antwerp). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

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You can fly from Athens to Brussels in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Brussels. In January, Brussels is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ghent, Bruges, Grote Markt
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center
Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles ©
Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza San Carlo and Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Verona (Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio) & Piazza Bra), Skyline di Mantova (in Mantua) and Piazza Castello (in Turin). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brussels in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Turin, Verona, Skyline di Mantova
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Piazza San Carlo ©
Piazza San Carlo

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Siena, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and then contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo.

To find traveler tips, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Milan in January, expect Florence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 3°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Centro Storico di Siena
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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