29 days in New York City & Europe Itinerary

29 days in New York City & Europe Itinerary

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29 days in New York City & Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City, United States
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Pompeii, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
9
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
10
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Statue of Liberty National Monument. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, make a trip to Times Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hamilton Grange National Memorial, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planning tool .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In June, New York City is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Museo Leonardo da Vinci has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Mark's Square and Scrovegni Chapel. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Basilica di Sant’Antonio about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Venice in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Venice when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galleria dell'Accademia and Uffizi Galleries. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence travel route planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria delle Rose, explore the ancient world of Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, and finally learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, contemplate the long history of San Damiano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Rufino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Assisi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Tili Vini Societa Agricola ©
Tili Vini Societa Agricola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Catacombe di San Callisto and Passeggiata di Gianicolo will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Assisi in July, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Ruins of Herculaneum and then explore the ancient world of Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei, contemplate the long history of Forum, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally contemplate the long history of Villa dei Misteri.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pompeii online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Pompeii takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Pompeii can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Glyfada Beach and Areopagus. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Pompeii to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 21st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiking Trail Fira - Oia, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Fira are a bit cooler (86°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toHeraklion.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Amoudi Bay, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Kamari Beach
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Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally don't miss a visit to Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stalis Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Heraklion day trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, Stalis Beach, The Palace of Knossos
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nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, look for gifts at Platanes Shopping, then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza, and finally wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Preveli Beach, explore the activities along Lake Kournas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rethymnon day trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Rethymnon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Preveli Beach, Lake Kournas
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Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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