49 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

49 days in Turkey, Greece & Italy Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Train to Izmir, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly to Naples, Ferry to Positano
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Positano, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesifor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour site.

Billum, Denmark to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billum to Istanbul is 2 hours. In May, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Billum - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

Goreme, Turkey

— 5 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Get in touch with nature at Goreme National Park and Pasabag. Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, Goreme is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 11:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale route planner.

Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Athens, Greece

— 7 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nafplio (Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nauplion Promenade, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and wander the streets of Ermou Street.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Athens by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Positano.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Positano, Italy

— 6 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience and Valle delle Ferriere. Shop till you drop at Artigianato Rallo and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Valle dei Mulini, &more), Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Rufolo, &more) and Sentiero dei Limoni (in Maiori). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Miniaci Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, get great views at Il Sentiero Degli Dei, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Positano holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Athens to Positano takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome visit app.

Traveling by car from Positano to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Head to M.G. Design and Mercato Centralefor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Piazza del Campo, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florence tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 5:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visiting Angelo's Boat Tours - Cinque Terre Boat Tours and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza will get you outdoors. Step out of Cinque Terre to go to Genoa and see Aquarium of Genoa, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, trek along Cinque Terre footpaths, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cinque Terre Trails, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre road trip planning app.

Getting from Florence to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Florence in June, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
For shopping fun, head to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II or Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Escape the urban bustle at Sentiero del Viandante and Orrido di Bellano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno) and Turin (Museo Egizio, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, &more). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Milan are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:

Venice, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romance

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.
Head to Fondazione Bisazza and Via Mazzinifor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more) and Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Arena di Verona, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, look for gifts at Sorelle Sforza Roggi Profumi, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Venice tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Venice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

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.

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.