21 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Italy, Greece & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
5
Paros, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Ottawa, Canada

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 21st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planning site .

Ottawa, Canada to Florence is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Florence due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in April, with highs in Florence at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
San Pietro in Vincoli has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to La Pieta and St. Clement Basilica. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes See Amalfi Coast. Step off the beaten path and head to Galleria Borbonica and Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Explore Naples' surroundings by going to Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Centro Storico Ravello, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Underground Naples, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, explore the world behind art at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salita del Petraio.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naples holiday maker site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Naples, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie ©
Museo delle Arti Sanitarie

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and finally delve into the distant past at Erechtheion. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Athens travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Naples to Athens is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Paros, Greece

Paros ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization, contemplate the long history of Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Frankish Castle, then steep yourself in history at Parikia Town, then get a taste of the local shopping with Yria Ceramic Studio, and finally stop by Memories Jewellery. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou and then immerse yourself in nature at Paros Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paros trip planner .

Getting from Athens to Paros by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Paros can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Milos.

Things to do in Paros

Nature Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parikia Town ©
Parikia Town
Panagia Ekatondapiliani ©
Panagia Ekatondapiliani

2
nights
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
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 (Fri): make a trip to Old Sulfur Mines at Paliorema, see the interesting displays at Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos - Church of the Holy Trinity, examine the collection at Sand Museum, then steep yourself in history at Venetian Castle of Milos, then don't miss a visit to Adamas World War Two Bomb Shelter, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agios Haralambos.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Milos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paros to Milos by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. 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 (Sat) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Milos

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Venetian Harbor and Sklopa. Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (The Venetian Fortezza, Symbol of Rethymnon City, & more) and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (in Akrotiri). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Manousakis Winery, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and examine the collection at Greek National Football Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chania Town vacation planning site .

You can fly from Milos to Chania Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In May in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Chania Town

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rethymnon, Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), Souda Bay War Cemetery, German War Cemetery, Sklopa
Highlights from your plan
Greek National Football Museum ©
Greek National Football Museum
Manousakis Winery ©
Manousakis Winery
Sklopa ©
Sklopa

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Erikli Waterfall and Yalova Kent Orman Cifte Selale. Venture out of the city with trips to Ataturk Kosku (in Termal) and Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip tool .

Fly from Chania Town to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chania Town to Istanbul. Traveling from Chania Town in May, expect Istanbul to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yalova, Delmece Yaylasi, Ataturk Kosku
Highlights from your plan
Delmece Yaylasi ©
Delmece Yaylasi
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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