20 days in Greece, Italy & Germany Itinerary

20 days in Greece, Italy & Germany Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Akrotiri
Akrotiri, Greece
— 3 nights
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Queenstown


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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Visit Parthenon and Erechtheion for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 10 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip site.

Fly from Athens to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in October, Rome is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly 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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Venice online trip builder.

Fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at StandUpClub Berlin and Backstagetourism. Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Venice to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Transportation
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Akrotiri and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Take a break from the city and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Santorini Volcano. The adventure continues: stroll through Red Beach, choose your vessel at Captain George Santorini Yachting, view the masterpieces at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, and do a tasting at Santo Winery.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Akrotiri day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Berlin to Akrotiri in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Akrotiri due to the time zone difference. October in Akrotiri sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Transportation

Side Trips

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Greece travel guide

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

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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

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

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.