26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Dalyan, Turkey
— 1 night
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
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Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Burgas, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

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. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Numismatic Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens tour itinerary tool.

London, UK to Athens is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Athens at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 27th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then steep yourself in history at Arch of Galerius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki road trip site.

Fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Thessaloniki, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Paphos.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites

Paphos, Cyprus

— 3 nights
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Step out of Paphos with an excursion to Aphrodite's Rock in Kouklia--about 32 minutes away. Spend a fun-filled day on the 29th (Wed) at Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings, see the interesting displays at Byzantine Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and step into the grandiose world of Paphos Harbour Castle.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Paphos trip maker site.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Paphos by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Paphos are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

— 2 nights
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Othello Castle, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fig Tree Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Konnos Bay and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ayia Napa trip planner.

Getting from Paphos to Ayia Napa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Ayia Napa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antalya, Turkey

— 2 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
On the 3rd (Sun), examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then wander the streets of Kaleici, and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Ayia Napa to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Antalya, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Antalya in July: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 37°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dalyan, Turkey

— 1 night
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri and then enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dalyan trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Dalyan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in July since evenings lows in Dalyan dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale journey builder website.

Getting from Dalyan to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for Izmir on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 8th (Fri): take a stroll through Kemeralti Market and then take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Izmir trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Izmir are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and browse the exhibits of Galata Tower.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Burgas.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Burgas, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sea Garden.

Plan trip to Burgas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Burgas takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Istanbul to Burgas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Burgas

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Varna, Bulgaria

— 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dolphinarium Varna, then laugh and play at Aquapark Aquamania, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Varna trip maker website.

Take a shuttle from Burgas to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Varna, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sofia.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip builder website.

You can fly from Varna to Sofia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Varna in July, Sofia is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Winter Sports

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Cyprus travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.