34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Paraga, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
4
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
7
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
10
Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Messina, Italy
— 3 nights
ferry + train:  4​h 30​min
14
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
15
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Queenstown, New Zealand

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Explore hidden gems such as Rustem Pasha Mosque and Little Hagia Sophia. Escape the urban bustle at Halic and Florya Sahil Parkı. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ortakoy, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Queenstown to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Halic ©
Halic
Rustem Pasha Mosque ©
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Athens, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. You'll set off for Paraga on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Athens

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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2
nights
Paraga, Greece

Paraga ©
To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paraga tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Athens to Paraga takes 5.5 hours. In January in Paraga, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 10°C at night. You'll set off for Thessaloniki on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Paraga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, Psarou beach
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Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm ©
Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 7th (Sun), get interesting insight from Baseline Canyoning and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vlatadon Monastery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Paraga to Thessaloniki with the Route module. Traveling from Paraga in January, Thessaloniki is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Vlatadon Monastery ©
Vlatadon Monastery

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll the grounds of British Cemetry, step off the mainland to explore Pontikonisi, and then explore the striking landscape at Kaiser's Throne. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Corfu Museum of Asian Art, step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, then relax in the rural setting at Corfu Donkey Rescue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Spiridon.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town attractions tool .

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Corfu Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in January, with highs in Corfu Town at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corfu Donkey Rescue, Pontikonisi, Kaiser's Throne
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Corfu Donkey Rescue ©
Corfu Donkey Rescue
Pontikonisi ©
Pontikonisi
British Cemetry ©
British Cemetry

2
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
On the 10th (Wed), kick back and relax at Blue Moon, then walk around Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary, and then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally take in the views from Ponte dell'Accademia.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Corfu Town to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Corfu Town in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Moon, Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary
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Photography Tours
Blue Moon ©
Blue Moon

1
night
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 12th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita.

Before you visit Bologna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Bologna, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Tours Historic Sites
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Cattedrale di San Pietro ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro
Food Tours

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Escape the urban bustle at Sorgente del Tevere and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Gimignano 1300 and Castello di Verrazzano. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Centro Storico di Siena in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip maker app .

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Bologna in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Florence: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sorgente del Tevere, Centro Storico di Siena, San Gimignano 1300, Castello di Verrazzano
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Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano
San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Fountain of Neptune ©
Fountain of Neptune

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, head outdoors with Mediolanum Forum, and then wander the streets of Brera District.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan attractions planning tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Milan at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Mediolanum Forum
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Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Brera District ©
Brera District
Mediolanum Forum ©
Mediolanum Forum

4
nights
Turin, Italy

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pila and Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso. Visit Castello di Issogne and Castello Reale di Sarre for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turin: Santuario Basilica di Montis Regalis (in Vicoforte) and Asti Lido 2000 Piscine (in Asti). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Colline di Torino.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turin online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Milan to Turin by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Turin

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, Castello Reale di Sarre, Santuario Basilica di Montis Regalis, Asti Lido 2000 Piscine, Pila
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Pila ©
Pila
Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso ©
Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso
Castello di Issogne ©
Castello di Issogne

1
night
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Port de Fontvieille.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo day trip planning site .

You can drive from Turin to Monte-Carlo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Turin in January, expect Monte-Carlo to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palermo.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Port de Fontvieille
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Saint Charles Church ©
Saint Charles Church
Port de Fontvieille ©
Port de Fontvieille

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Escape the urban bustle at Spiaggia Guidaloca and Spiaggia di Castellamare del Golfo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario Santa Rosalia and San Giuseppe dei Teatini. When in Palermo, make a side trip to see Castello di Caccamo in Caccamo, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oratorio di Santa Cita, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Palermo route site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Monte-Carlo to Palermo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Messina.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Castellammare del Golfo, Castello di Caccamo
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San Giuseppe dei Teatini ©
San Giuseppe dei Teatini
Santuario Santa Rosalia ©
Santuario Santa Rosalia
Castello di Caccamo ©
Castello di Caccamo

3
nights
Messina, Italy

Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 25th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Castelmola, and then make a trip to Porta Messina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunziata dei Catalani Church, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Messina trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Palermo to Messina takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Messina sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Messina

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Scuba & Snorkeling, Castillo de Castelmola
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castillo de Castelmola ©
Castillo de Castelmola
Duomo di Taormina ©
Duomo di Taormina

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 27th (Sat): make a trip to Spaccanapoli and then explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Onde Blu, delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, then look for all kinds of wild species at Posillipo, and finally make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Naples online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Messina to Naples in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Naples when traveling from Messina in January, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Lido Onde Blu
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Posillipo ©
Posillipo
The Neapolis Buried ©
The Neapolis Buried
Lido Onde Blu ©
Lido Onde Blu

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Colle del Gianicolo. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo
Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls ©
San Pietro in Vincoli ©
San Pietro in Vincoli

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