38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Olympia, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  23​h 45​min
7
Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
9
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munich travel planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Munich is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Munich. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Munich to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, make a trip to Pile Gate, and then wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munich in September: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, then stroll through Platis Gialos Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Little Venice, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and then look for gifts at Mytho.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town tour builder site .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in September since evenings lows in Mykonos Town dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Elia Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 19th (Sat), look for gifts at the White, Santorini. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then kick back and relax at Red Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari Beach, Amoudi Bay
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Archaeological Site Mycenae about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. September in Athens sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

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

2
nights
Olympia, Greece

Olympia ©
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Olympia remains best known as the site of the original Olympic Games, held there for the first time in 776 BCE.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nicolaos Church, learn about winemaking at Olympia Land Winery, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hermes by Praxiteles.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Olympia tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Athens to Olympia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Athens in September since evenings lows in Olympia dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Positano.

Things to do in Olympia

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Katakolo
Highlights from your plan
Olympia Land Winery ©
Olympia Land Winery
Kukuvaya ©
Kukuvaya

5
nights
Positano, Italy

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more) and Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Fornillo, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Positano day trip site .

Getting from Olympia to Positano by combination of car and ferry takes about 24 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Olympia to Positano. In September in Positano, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

4
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, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Positano in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris route planner .

Getting from Venice to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the masterpieces at De Nieuwe Kerk, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip website .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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