57 days in Europe Itinerary

57 days in Europe Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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City of San Marino, San Marino
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Vatican City, Italy
— 1 day
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cagliari, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive to Pozzallo, Ferry to Valletta
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Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Taxi to Piraeus, Ferry to Chania Town
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Chania Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Drive to Heraklion, Ferry to Santorini, Drive to Oia
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Oia, Greece
Bus to Santorini, Fly to Istanbul
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— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Church of Santa Clara. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rua das Flores and Graham's Port Lodge. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip builder.

New York City, USA to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Porto due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quinta da Regaleira and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, approximately Sintra away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, steep yourself in history at National Palace of Queluz, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and examine the collection at National Coach Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Wine Tours & Tastings. Museum-lovers will get to explore Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Puerta de Bisagra in Toledo, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Cerralbo, and take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Madrid vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in April, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in San Sebastian - Donostia, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. You'll set off for Barcelona on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and CosmoCaixa Barcelona. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Born. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt in Santa Coloma de Cervello--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, explore the world behind art at Joan Miro Foundation, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:

Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 18th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Devote, then take a leisurely stroll along Port de Fontvieille, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo route builder tool.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. In April, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Turin, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Magic

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.
Let the collections at Museo Egizio and Musei Reali capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica of Superga and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, explore the world behind art at Fondazione Accorsi Ometto - Museo di Arti Decorative, and steep yourself in history at Piazza Carignano.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Turin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, Turin is little chillier than Monte-Carlo - with highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Certosa di Milano. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello Sforzesco and Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, get engrossed in the history at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, and examine the collection at Triennale Milano.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Turin in April, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Venice, Italy

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take a stroll through Cannaregio, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, and finally take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

City of San Marino, San Marino

The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cesta Tower and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Titan.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our City of San Marino trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to City of San Marino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

Florence, Italy

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder.

Getting from City of San Marino to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palatine Hill and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Rome sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Vatican City, Italy

— 1 day

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vatican City trip builder.

Vatican City is very close to Rome. In May in Vatican City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Teatro Grande, engage your brain at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, then get engrossed in the history at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pio Monte della Misericordia.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Vatican City to Naples by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Naples are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cagliari.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Cagliari, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Sun

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.
Castello di Acquafredda and Chiesa di San Michele are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ranch Paky Barroso and Sella del Diavolo. Take a break from Cagliari with a short trip to Castle of Sanluri in Sanluri, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Sant'Efisio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Sepolcro, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and examine the collection at Museo del Tesoro e Area Archeologica di Sant'Eulalia.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cagliari road trip planning website.

Fly from Naples to Cagliari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Cagliari can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Palermo.

Things to do in Cagliari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

Palermo, Italy

— 3 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visit Duomo di Monreale and Cattedrale di Palermo for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina and Oratorio di Santa Cita. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Palazzo Asmundo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Giuseppe dei Teatini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Cataldo, and make a trip to Chiostro dei Benedettini.

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Traveling by flight from Cagliari to Palermo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Valletta.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Valletta, Malta

— 2 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Mdina Old City, examine the collection at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, examine the collection at Carmelite Priory Mdina, then steep yourself in history at Mdina Dungeons, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Mnajdra, make a trip to Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis' Church Valletta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Valletta travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Valletta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Valletta are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Hephaestus and Mount Lycabettus. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, take a stroll through Anafiotika, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Valletta to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Athens due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Chania Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Chania Town, Greece

— 1 night
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, examine the collection at Museum-Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Chrissi Akti Beach, and finally take in breathtaking views at Gorges of Theriso.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chania Town road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Chania Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chania Town can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, look for gifts at Eponymo, and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Sigalas.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oia trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Chania Town to Oia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In May in Oia, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Oia

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Get a sense of the local culture at Suleymaniye Cami and Hagia Sophia Mosque. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul itinerary tool.

Getting from Oia to Istanbul by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Oia to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Oia in May, plan for little chillier nights in Istanbul, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.

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.