28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly + Subway:  32 h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
8
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  28 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Archaeological Site Mycenae about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, take a stroll through Plaka, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Athens planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 31- hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Athens. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in April: highs in Athens hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Athens to Dubrovnik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in April, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Rome, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Dubrovnik to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Musei Capitolini
Musei Capitolini

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 28th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. On your second day here, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Barcelona travel route builder website.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Barcelona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Porto visit planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Porto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Porto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Walking tours
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, stroll around Vondelpark, and stop by The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Amsterdam. Traveling from Porto in May, you will find days in Amsterdam are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Annecy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Annecy, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Mysteres du Lac.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Annecy itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Annecy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 9th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and finally stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Annecy to Zurich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Friedhof Fluntern ©
Friedhof Fluntern
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, don't miss a visit to Hippodrome, and get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Istanbul Modern ©
Istanbul Modern

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