30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  7​h
1
Cagliari, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Saint Julian's, Malta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Subway:  2​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Porto, Portugal

1
night
Cagliari, Italy

Cagliari ©
The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Efisio, and finally wander the streets of Quartiere Villanova. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Bartolomeo, examine the collection at Museo delle Cere Anatomiche, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Sepolcro, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro e Area Archeologica di Sant'Eulalia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Comunale D'Arte Moderna.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cagliari online journey maker .

Porto, Portugal to Cagliari is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Cagliari due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in August, with highs in Cagliari at 37°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Cagliari

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari ©
Anfiteatro Romano di Cagliari
Quartiere Villanova ©
Quartiere Villanova
Chiesa di Sant'Efisio ©
Chiesa di Sant'Efisio

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Neapolis Buried, then steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, then delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico Pausilypon, and finally identify plant and animal life at Parco Sommerso di Gaiola Area Marina Protetta.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Naples trip planner.

Fly from Cagliari to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
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Catacombe di San Gaudioso ©
Catacombe di San Gaudioso
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Parco Archeologico Pausilypon ©
Parco Archeologico Pausilypon

4
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Giuseppe dei Teatini and Palazzo Conte Federico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Santa Rosalia and Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati. Explore Palermo's surroundings by going to Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese), Santuario Gibilmanna (in Cefalu) and Castello Ventimiglia (in Castelbuono). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di San Lorenzo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Domenico e Chiostro, make a trip to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, and steep yourself in history at Oratorio di Santa Cita.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Palermo tour planner .

You can fly from Naples to Palermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Julian's.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Castello Ventimiglia, Santuario Gibilmanna, Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese
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San Giuseppe dei Teatini
San Giuseppe dei Teatini
Oratorio di San Lorenzo ©
Oratorio di San Lorenzo
Oratorio di Santa Cita ©
Oratorio di Santa Cita

3
nights
Saint Julian's, Malta

Saint Julian's ©
More than just another port city, Saint Julian's serves as one of Malta's most popular nightlife destinations, drawing a young crowd of weekend revelers from around Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): wander the streets of St. George's Bay, then take a stroll through Spinola Bay, then wander the streets of Paceville, and finally steep yourself in history at War HQ Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Malta Falconry Centre, examine the collection at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, appreciate the history behind Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway, get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City, then make a trip to Balluta Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Julian's online route maker .

You can fly from Palermo to Saint Julian's in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Saint Julian's, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Saint Julian's

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Mdina, Valletta, Malta Falconry Centre
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
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Spinola Bay ©
Spinola Bay
Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ornos Beach and Agrari Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Armenistis Lighthouse and Monastery of Paleokastro. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Little Venice, look for gifts at 100% Mykonos, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint George.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town holiday planning website .

Getting from Saint Julian's to Mykonos Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Saint Julian's to Mykonos Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mykonos, Ano Mera, Paradise Beach, Ornos Beach, Armenistis Lighthouse
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Ornos Beach ©
Ornos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get in touch with nature at Asteras Glyfada Beach and Areopagus. Visit Glyfada Beach and Vouliagmeni Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, and get to know the fascinating history of Philopappos Hill.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and subway from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In September, daytime highs in Athens are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Glyfada, Vouliagmeni Beach
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Byzantine Castle Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katharos Beach, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Epilekton, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mnemossyne Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Oia trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Oia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September in Oia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Oia

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Byzantine Castle Ruins ©
Byzantine Castle Ruins
Domaine Sigalas ©
Domaine Sigalas
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

3
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.
Visit Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and Piazza dei Signori. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Il Faro (in Bibione) and Passeggiata lungo la restera (in Treviso). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip builder website .

You can fly from Oia to Venice in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Oia in September, things will get little chillier in Venice: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Piazza dei Signori, Passeggiata lungo la restera, Bibione Lighthouse
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dubovica and River Rafting & Tubing. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Saint Domnius and Historic City of Trogir. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Franciscan Monastery (in Hvar) and Omis and Cetina River (in Omis). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Split, explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, make a trip to Split Synagogue, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Split takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. September in Split sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Franciscan Monastery, Church Of St. Roch, Dubovica Beach, Omis and Cetina River, Historic City of Trogir
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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Old Split ©
Old Split
Dubovica Beach ©
Dubovica Beach
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Modric Cave (Modric Spilja), pause for some serene contemplation at Zadar Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Chrysogonus Church, then delve into the distant past at Zadar Land City Gates, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Elias - St Elias Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then kick back and relax at Jadro Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zadar day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Split in September, plan for little chillier nights in Zadar, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jadro Beach, Modric Cave (Modric Spilja)
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates
St. Chrysogonus Church ©
St. Chrysogonus Church

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