30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Tromso, Norway
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (7°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

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.
Explore Mykonos Town's surroundings by going to Naxos Town (Old Town, Naos Tou Apollona - Portara, &more). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Beautyworld Spa, make a trip to Matoyianni Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Platis Gialos Beach, and look for gifts at Ta Axotica Gift Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Mykonos Town in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Mykonos Town. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: high temperatures in Mykonos Town hover around 16°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), visit Plaka, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planner.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. December in Athens sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

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You can 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 moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in December, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. On the next day, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder site.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Milan, Italy

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Marino, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the pleasant sights at I Navigli, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally look for gifts at Fragio Gioielli. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Milan online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in December, with highs in Milan at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice visit planner.

You can fly from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Royal Palace Amsterdam, then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel route builder site.

Fly from Venice to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 3rd (Mon), wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then make a trip to Louvre Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, visit El Barri Gòtic, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the landmark architecture of Estacion de Atocha, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol. On your second day here, make a trip to Plaza Mayor and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Madrid is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the London holiday website.

You can fly from Madrid to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tromso.

Things to do in London

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Tromso, Norway

— 2 nights

Paris of the North

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, explore the world behind art at Perspektivet Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Arctic Cathedral, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Lone Slydahl. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Tromso Domkirke, take in the exciting artwork at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria, then see the interesting displays at The Polar Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Graff Brygghus.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tromso road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Tromso takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tromso is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Tromso at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tromso

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Mykonos travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

England travel guide

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A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.