58 days in Europe Itinerary

58 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 10 nights
Taxi to Mantoúdi, Ferry to Skopelos
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Skopelos, Greece
— 15 nights
Ferry to Skiathos, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 12 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Train to Basel SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris Orly
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Chora Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, wander the streets of Taksim Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Draperis Church, and admire the striking features of Mihrimah Sultan Camii.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online visit planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Christchurch, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Ankara, Turkey

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Visit Tacettin Sultan Cami and Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Anitkabir and Ulucanlar Prison Museum. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, take an in-depth tour of II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ankara online holiday planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Ankara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in November; daily highs in Ankara reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Izmir, Turkey

— 1 night

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Izmir travel planner.

Fly from Ankara to Izmir in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Ankara in November, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Izmir. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Izmir

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

Athens, Greece

— 10 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Visit Archaeological Site Mycenae and Temple of Poseidon for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nafplio (Vouleftiko (Old State House), Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, &more) and Lion Gate (in Mycenae). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll through Monastiraki, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in November; daily highs in Athens reach 22°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Skopelos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 7:

Skopelos, Greece

— 15 nights

Green Jewel on Blue

Known as one of the Aegean's greenest islands, Skopelos features a long coastline of fine beaches and an interior covered with verdant pine forests, olive groves, and plum orchards.
Agios Nikolaos Church and Clock Tower and Agios Ioannis Chapel will appeal to history buffs. The Blue House Art Gallery and The Papadiamandis House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Skopelos: Skiathos Town (Skiathos Cemetery, Cathedral of the Three Hierarchs, &more), Tsougrias Beach (in Tsougrias Island) and Alonnisos (Milia Bay, Chrisi Milia Beach, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Skopelos Walks, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Evangelistria, step off the mainland to explore Arkos, and examine the collection at Vakratsa House Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Skopelos online itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Athens to Skopelos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Skopelos can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Skopelos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 22:

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

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): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip planner.

Getting from Skopelos to Rome by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Skopelos in December, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Vienna, Austria

— 12 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Maria Am Gestade. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Hofburg, explore the world behind art at Albertina, don't miss a visit to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vienna holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Vienna is little chillier than Rome - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 4:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). The Cathedral of Bern and Hofkirche will appeal to history buffs. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more), Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern & Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)) and Horloge a 11 heures (in Soleure). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zurich journey planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 11:

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14: