15 days in Europe, Alexandria & Cairo Itinerary

15 days in Europe, Alexandria & Cairo Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Fira, Greece
— 1 night
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Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 night
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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

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: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip site.

Detroit, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Rome, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in January, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Rome: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then wander the streets of Plaka, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Rome to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. In January, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalo Livadi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Super Paradise Beach, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Beautyworld Spa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Athens to Mykonos Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Fira, Greece

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Anastasis Church and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alexandria, Egypt

— 1 night

Mediterranean's Bride

Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, then examine the collection at Royal Jewelry Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Montazah Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Fira to Alexandria takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Fira in January, expect nights in Alexandria to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairo.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Cairo, Egypt

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll around Al-Azhar Park and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, then steep yourself in history at Great Sphinx, and then examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairo visit planning app.

You can drive from Alexandria to Cairo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in January, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Wed), make a trip to Casa Batllo, don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally examine the collection at Parc de Montjuic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona travel route planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Barcelona in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairo in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 58°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 45°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
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.

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.