21 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amalfi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paros, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
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Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 21st (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planning website.

Ottawa, Canada to Florence is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Florence, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in April, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Pieta and St. Clement Basilica. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Amalfi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Amalfi, Italy

— 2 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia San Giovanni, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast, then stop by Piccadilly Ceramics, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Valle delle Ferriere.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amalfi trip planner.

You can drive from Rome to Amalfi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Amalfi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Positano, Italy

— 1 night
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Positano trip planner.

You can drive from Amalfi to Positano in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Positano are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 29th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally stop by Plaka. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then see where the action happens at Panathenaic Stadium, and then admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Athens planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Positano to Athens takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Positano to Athens due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Athens are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Paros, Greece

— 2 nights

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Parou, then go for a stroll along the water at Old Port of Naoussa, and then immerse yourself in nature at Paros Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, then view the masterpieces at Yria Ceramic Studio, and finally contemplate the long history of Parikia Town.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paros trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Paros in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Milos.

Things to do in Paros

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Milos, Greece

— 2 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): go deep underground at Old Sulfur Mines, see the interesting displays at Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos - Church of the Holy Trinity, browse the exhibits of Faskomilo, see the interesting displays at Sand Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos, and finally contemplate the long history of Adamas World War Two Bomb Shelter.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Milos trip planner.

You can fly from Paros to Milos in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Milos can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Milos

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Chania Town, Greece

— 2 nights
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Greek National Football Museum and Lake Kournas. Get out of town with these interesting Chania Town side-trips: Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri), Sklopa (in Kissamos) and Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza & Rethymnon Old Town). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll the grounds of German Military Cemetery, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, and take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town planning website.

You can fly from Milos to Chania Town in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Chania Town sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Chania Town

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sultanahmet Square and Galata Tower. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Istanbul: Yalova (Erikli Waterfall & Yalova Kent Orman Cifte Selale), Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Ataturk Kosku (in Termal). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chania Town to Istanbul in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Chania Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chania Town in May, things will get a bit cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.