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.
Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Plaka, view the masterpieces at Technohoros Art Gallery, admire the striking features of Parthenon, and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip planning app.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In August in Athens, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Pantheon. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary website.

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 when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in August since evenings lows in Rome dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Venice trip builder app.

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

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. Get in touch with nature at StandUpClub Berlin and Backstagetourism. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and step off the mainland to explore Pfaueninsel.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip 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 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 10:

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. Step out of the city life by going to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Santorini Volcano. The adventure continues: choose your vessel at Captain George Santorini Yachting, kick back and relax at Red Beach, do a tasting at Santo Winery, and shop like a local with S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Akrotiri 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. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Akrotiri can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

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.