20 days in Greece, Italy & Germany Itinerary

20 days in Greece, Italy & Germany Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Akrotiri
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Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
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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.
Acropolis of Athens and Parthenon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of Olympian Zeus and Erechtheion. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and view the masterpieces at Technohoros Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Athens, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and Palatine Hill will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, 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. Traveling from Athens in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace are in your itinerary. Basilica di San Marco and Gallerie dell'Accademia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planner.

Fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Berlin, Germany

— 6 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get some historical perspective at Charlottenburg Palace and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, add some fun to your beach time Backstagetourism, and stroll around Pfaueninsel.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Berlin online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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Akrotiri, Greece

— 3 nights

Greek Pompeii

Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Take a break from the city and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Red Beach. Let the collections at Cultural Village and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, view the masterpieces at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, gain a rich perspective with Captain George Santorini Yachting, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Akrotiri online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Berlin to Akrotiri takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Akrotiri. In May in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Transportation

Side Trips

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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.