38 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
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Fethiye, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Milos, Greece
— 1 night
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Paros, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia — 1 night

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Elite Male Massage. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Flinders Street Station, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday builder app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 3 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Goreme day trip planning site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Goreme in 27.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Goreme. Traveling from Melbourne in June, you will find days in Goreme are warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 1 night

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then wander the streets of Kaleici, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and finally explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in June: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 36°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Fethiye.
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Fethiye, Turkey — 1 night

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Anadolu el Sanatlari, admire the ancient design of Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath, and then hike along The Lycian Way.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fethiye visit planner.

Getting from Antalya to Fethiye by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 8th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fethiye to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gallipoli.
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Gallipoli, Turkey — 2 nights

The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Piri Reis Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, and finally make a trip to Hellas Memorial.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gallipoli trip maker tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Gallipoli by car takes about 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner.

Drive from Gallipoli to Istanbul in 4 hours. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Milan.
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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 15th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Milan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Milan, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Varenna.
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Varenna, Italy — 3 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varenna: Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta) and Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo, I Giardini di Villa Melzi, &more). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Varenna online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Varenna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder tool.

Getting from Varenna to Nice by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Varenna in June, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 24th (Sat), stroll through Cinque Terre footpaths, then discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then take some stellar pictures from Manarola scenic viewpoint, and finally wander the streets of Borgo di Bibola. On the next day, get great views at View Point Corniglia, then trek along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, and then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip maker website.

Drive from Nice to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in June, Cinque Terre is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Milos.
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Milos, Greece — 1 night

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
On the 26th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Aquatta Yachts, then relax and rejuvenate at Ioanna massage, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agios Haralambos.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milos trip planner.

Fly from Cinque Terre to Milos in 7 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 Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cinque Terre in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Milos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, do a tasting at Boutari Winery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sunset in Oia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and then hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

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Ride a ferry from Milos to Fira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. June in Fira sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 3 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.
Mykonos Town is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Little Venice, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), relax and rejuvenate at Beautyworld Spa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ornos Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Mykonos Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Paros.
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Paros, Greece — 1 night

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): head off the coast to Parikia Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Parou, then see the interesting displays at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., and finally soothe aching muscles at Aliki Yoga School.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paros trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Paros in 2 hours. In July in Paros, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Athens.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nafplio (Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nauplion Promenade, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paros to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Paros in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.
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Lake Como travel guide

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A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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Santorini travel guide

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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.
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