38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
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Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
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Corralejo, Spain
— 2 nights
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Playa Blanca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
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Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 4 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Perlan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Strokkur (in Geysir). There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip itinerary site.

Melbourne, Australia to Reykjavik is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get cooler in Reykjavik: highs are around 2°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glasgow (The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel & Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum) and Stirling (Stirling Castle & National Wallace Monument). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, explore the galleries of Royal Yacht Britannia, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker website.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Edinburgh in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in December: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Porto, Portugal

— 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Centro Historico de Guimaraes and University of Coimbra. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, explore the activities along Douro River, stroll through Cais da Ribeira, and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Porto travel planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Porto by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in December: high temperatures in Porto hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Malaga.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Malaga, Spain

— 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Automobile and Fashion Museum and Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malaga: Puente Nuevo (in Ronda), Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcony of Europe) and Parque De La Paloma (in Benalmadena). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Gibralfaro, steep yourself in history at Malaga Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along Puerto de Málaga.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Malaga trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Malaga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Porto to Malaga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Malaga are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Maspalomas, Spain

— 2 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): meet the residents at Palmitos Park, kick back and relax at Playa de Maspalomas, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Mogan, then kick back and relax at Playa de Amadores, and then stroll through Las Canteras Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Maspalomas holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Maspalomas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Malaga to Maspalomas. In December, Maspalomas is a bit warmer than Malaga - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly to Corralejo.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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Corralejo, Spain

— 2 nights
Surrounded by a series of white sand dunes, Corralejo is tiny enough to explore on foot or bicycle.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Castillo de El Toston, then kick back and relax at El Cotillo Beach & Lagoons, then head outdoors with Fuerteventura Fitness & Conditioning, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural de Corralejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Finca Pepe, appreciate the history behind Morro Velosa Statues, and then take in the pleasant sights at Betancuria.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Corralejo holiday maker tool.

Getting from Maspalomas to Corralejo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Corralejo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Playa Blanca.

Things to do in Corralejo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Spain

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Marina Rubicon, then explore the striking landscape of Timanfaya Nationalpark, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the activities along El Lago Verde / Charco de los Clicos, then Head underground at Los Hervideros, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Papagayo Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Blanca sightseeing planner.

Getting from Corralejo to Playa Blanca by ferry takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Playa Blanca are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Playa Blanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Valencia, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Platja de Ponent and Plaza de la Virgen. Venture out of the city with trips to Benidorm (Playa de Levante & El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm) and Castillo de Santa Barbara (in Alicante). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Jardi del Turia, hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral.

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

Do a combination of bus and flight from Playa Blanca to Valencia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Playa Blanca in January, with highs in Valencia at 20°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can fly to Siena.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

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Siena, Italy

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torre del Mangia and Duomo di Orvieto. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazza del Campo and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Siena trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Valencia to Siena by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valencia in January: highs in Siena hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Valletta.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valletta, Malta

— 2 nights

Most Proud

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Lascaris War Rooms, witness the site of a historic battle at Saluting Battery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, and finally admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Valletta Waterfront, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City, and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valletta trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Siena to Valletta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Siena in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valletta, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Walking tours. There's still lots to do: stroll around Gulhane Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Valletta to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. When traveling from Valletta in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Goreme, Turkey

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Goreme National Park and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Kayseri to see Hisarcik Erciyes Teleski about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Goreme online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -4°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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