31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
2
Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry:  3 h
4
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
5
Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  6 h
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  8 h
7
Alcudia, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  31 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) and Istanbul Toy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Little Hagia Sophia and Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Pierre Loti Tepesi, take an in-depth tour of Panorama 1453, take in the exciting artwork at Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery, and delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Theodosius.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul visit site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Auckland to Istanbul, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Auckland in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sehzade Mehmet Mosque ©
Sehzade Mehmet Mosque
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia
Istanbul Toy Museum ©
Istanbul Toy Museum

2
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vlycha Beach and Feraklos Castle. Get some historical perspective at The Church of the Panagia and Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli. Explore Lindos' surroundings by going to Kounaki Wines (in Ebonas), Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art (in Kolimbia) and Church of St. Panteleimon (in Siana). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Tsambika Byzantine Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Michael the Archangel, explore the engaging exhibits at Rhodes Toy Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Profitis Ilias.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lindos tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Istanbul to Lindos by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect Lindos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rhodes, Feraklos Castle, Church of St. Panteleimon, Artistic Village Contemporary Art - Art gallery & Museum of Ceramic Art, Agios Nikolaos Fountoukli
Highlights from your plan
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Kounaki Wines ©
Kounaki Wines
Feraklos Castle ©
Feraklos Castle

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Museum Askifou and Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. Contemporary Art Museum of Crete and Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Small Triopetra Beach (in Triopetra) and Agios Pavlos beach (in Agios Pavlos). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, make a trip to Loggia Veneziana, kick back and relax at Baja Beach Club, and contemplate the long history of Guora Gate.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Lindos to Rethymnon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Agios Pavlos beach, War Museum Askifou, Small Triopetra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Agios Pavlos beach ©
Agios Pavlos beach
Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete ©
Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete
War Museum Askifou ©
War Museum Askifou

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, explore the galleries of Oria Gallery, stop by Replica, then examine the collection at Museum of Musical Instruments, then take in the exciting artwork at Oia Treasures Art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at MATI Art Gallery, then do a tasting at Gaia Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Oia day trip planning app .

Getting from Rethymnon to Oia by ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Oia

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fira, Kamari, Akrotiri, Tomato Industrial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mnemossyne Gallery ©
Mnemossyne Gallery
La Ponta ©
La Ponta
Tomato Industrial Museum ©
Tomato Industrial Museum

2
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Great Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Scots Church, then see the interesting displays at Palace Armoury, then pause for some photo ops at Sette Giugno Monument, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis' Church Valletta. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cirkoncizzjoni tal-Mulej, view the masterpieces at Malta Postal Museum, examine the collection at St. John's Co Cathedral and Musuem, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Victories Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catherine of Italy, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Auberge de Castille.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Valletta journey maker app .

Traveling by flight from Oia to Valletta takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Valletta are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Valletta

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Palace Armoury ©
Palace Armoury
St. Francis' Church Valletta ©
St. Francis' Church Valletta

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palazzo Strozzi and Corridoio Vasariano. Visit Duomo di San Gimignano and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: San Gimignano (Azienda Agricola San Quirico & Torre e Casa Campatelli). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, see the interesting displays at Gucci Museo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via de' Neri, and get your bearings at Accademia di Belle Arti.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Valletta to Florence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Valletta in January, things will get slightly colder in Florence: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alcudia.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi
Torre e Casa Campatelli ©
Torre e Casa Campatelli
Duomo di San Gimignano ©
Duomo di San Gimignano

2
nights
Alcudia, Spain

Alcudia ©
Alcúdia is a municipality and township of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Get some historical perspective at Sanctuary of Sant Salvador and Basilica de Sant Francesc. Relax by the water at Cala Anguila and Palma Nova Beach. Explore Alcudia's surroundings by going to Cala Marcal (in Portocolom), Spas (in Peguera) and Palma de Mallorca (Terrazas de la Catedral de Palma & Palau March Museu). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Molins, make a trip to Plaza de Carlos V, pause for some serene contemplation at Oratorio de Santa Anna, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Beer Lovers Cerveceria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Alcudia road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florence to Alcudia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Florence in January, expect nights in Alcudia to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Alcudia

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palma de Mallorca, Can Prunera Museum of Modernism, Cala Molins, Cala Anguila, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Palma Nova Beach ©
Palma Nova Beach
Basilica de Sant Francesc ©
Basilica de Sant Francesc
Can Prunera Museum of Modernism ©
Can Prunera Museum of Modernism

2
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Archivo De La Real Chancilleria De Granada, steep yourself in history at Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo, then admire the landmark architecture of Alcazaba, then make a trip to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Dar al-Horra, take an in-depth tour of Abadia del Sacromonte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio de San Bernardo, then examine the collection at Palacio de los Olvidados, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrario.

Discover how to plan a Granada trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Alcudia to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Alcudia in January, plan for little chillier days in Granada, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba
Dar al-Horra ©
Dar al-Horra

2
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, kick back and relax at Las Salinas, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Virgen del Pino, then take in the dramatic natural features at El bufadero de La Garita, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Agustin. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria, get your game on at Minigolf Atlantico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Ecumenico de San Salvador, then try for a hole-in-one at Minigolf Yumbo, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Maspalomas day trip planning website .

You can fly from Granada to Maspalomas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Granada in January, you will find days in Maspalomas are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are much hotter (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Helicopter Tours, Basilica de la Virgen del Pino, Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada, El bufadero de La Garita, Las Salinas
Highlights from your plan
Basilica  de la Virgen del Pino ©
Basilica de la Virgen del Pino
Playa de San Agustin ©
Playa de San Agustin
Las Salinas ©
Las Salinas

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at Dunblane Museum and The Museum of Edinburgh. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of the Holy Rude and Blackness Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: The Tenement House (in Glasgow), Portmoak Church (in Scotlandwell) and The Royal Burgh of Culross (in Culross). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, snap pictures at Queensferry Crossing, steep yourself in history at Gilmerton Cove, and admire the masterpieces at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh road trip website .

Fly from Maspalomas to Edinburgh in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Maspalomas in January; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Stirling, Portmoak Church, Dunblane Museum, The Tenement House, The Royal Burgh of Culross
Highlights from your plan
Gilmerton Cove ©
Gilmerton Cove
Blackness Castle ©
Blackness Castle
Church of the Holy Rude ©
Church of the Holy Rude

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