25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kissamos, Greece
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
9
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  20​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno and Terzisart will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Episkopi Beach and Kalyves Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos), The Gorge of Aradena (in Aradena) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, see the interesting displays at War Museum Askifou, enjoy the sand and surf at Glika Nera Beach, and view the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon journey planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rethymnon is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rethymnon when traveling from Cape Town in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, The Gorge of Aradena, War Museum Askifou, Glika Nera Beach, Kalyves Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Glika Nera Beach ©
Glika Nera Beach
Kalyves Beach ©
Kalyves Beach

3
nights
Kissamos, Greece

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
You'll get in some beach time at Paralia Ravdoucha and Gramvousa Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Falassarna Beach and Balos Lagoon. Change things up with these side-trips from Kissamos: Elafonissi (Elafonissi Beach & Elafonisi Viewpoint). The adventure continues: stop by Sklopa.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kissamos online trip planner .

Drive from Rethymnon to Kissamos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Kissamos are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Gramvousa Beach, Paralia Ravdoucha, Falassarna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Kissamos to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kissamos to Istanbul. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kissamos in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris online trip maker .

You can fly from Budapest to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice attractions planner.

Fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October in Venice, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Siena Cathedral and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Uffizi Galleries. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Piazza del Campo about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Popular historic sites such as Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and don't miss a visit to Foro di Augusto.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. October in Rome sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 25th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, get a taste of the local shopping with Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiostro del Paradiso, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally stroll through Lido di Ravello. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Ravello, make a trip to Villa Rufolo, then stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal ©
Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

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