28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  32​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
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, Holland
— 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:  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.
Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning site .

Wellington, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Wellington to Athens due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wellington in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Athens, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town and then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik visit website .

Getting from Athens to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in April, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Barcelona online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 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
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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): steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then awaken your taste buds 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 find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. April in Porto sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

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, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam route planner.

You can fly from Porto to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Porto in May, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Annecy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy, then 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.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Annecy road trip app .

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, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery).

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich journey planning tool .

Drive from Annecy to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
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, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Zurich to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In May, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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