58 days in Europe Itinerary

58 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 10 nights
Taxi to Mantoúdi, Ferry to Skopelos
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Skopelos, Greece
— 15 nights
Ferry to Skiathos, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 12 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Train to Basel SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Galata Tower and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take a stroll through Taksim Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Draperis Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Christchurch to Istanbul. Traveling from Christchurch in November, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Ankara, Turkey

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Visit Tacettin Sultan Cami and Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Anitkabir and Ulucanlar Prison Museum. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, and contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ankara travel route planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Istanbul in November, with highs in Ankara at 9°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

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 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Izmir travel planner.

Fly from Ankara to Izmir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Ankara in November, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Izmir. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Athens, Greece

— 10 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Visit Archaeological Site Mycenae and Temple of Poseidon for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Lion Gate (in Mycenae) and Nafplio (Vouleftiko (Old State House), Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, visit Monastiraki, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Izmir in November, things will get much hotter in Athens: highs are around 22°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Skopelos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Skopelos, Greece

— 15 nights

Green Jewel on Blue

Known as one of the Aegean's greenest islands, Skopelos features a long coastline of fine beaches and an interior covered with verdant pine forests, olive groves, and plum orchards.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like monastero di Panagia Evangelistria and Monastery of Agia Varvara. Get some cultural insight at Agios Ioannis Chapel and Cathedral of the Three Hierarchs. Explore Skopelos' surroundings by going to Skiathos Town (Skiathos Cemetery, The Blue House Art Gallery, &more), Tsougrias Beach (in Tsougrias Island) and Alonnisos (Milia Bay, Chrisi Milia Beach, &more). There's much more to do: trek along with Skopelos Walks, stop by Mediterraneo Deli Skopelos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Evangelistria, and don't miss a visit to Saint Riginos Monastery.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Skopelos trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Athens to Skopelos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Skopelos sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Skopelos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip planner.

Getting from Skopelos to Rome by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Skopelos in December, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vienna, Austria

— 12 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Burggarten. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Hofburg, explore the world behind art at Albertina, don't miss a visit to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vienna holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Vienna is little chillier than Rome - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). The Cathedral of Bern and Hofkirche will appeal to history buffs. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern & Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)), Horloge a 11 heures (in Soleure) and Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zurich journey planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning app.

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping