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 Erechtheion will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Plaka, take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary builder website.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 10 hours. July in Athens sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) 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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Pantheon. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rome online tour itinerary planner.

You can 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 changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier nights in Rome, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate East Side Gallery and Charlottenburg Palace. Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, get active on the water at StandUpClub Berlin, and head off the coast to Pfaueninsel.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Berlin route planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Berlin

Outdoors · Historic Sites · 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 outdoors at Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Santorini Volcano. Appreciate the collections at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery and Cultural Village. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, do a tasting at Santo Winery, and stroll through Red Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Akrotiri online itinerary maker.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Akrotiri is 1 hour. In August in Akrotiri, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

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 · 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

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

4.1
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.