58 days in Europe Itinerary

58 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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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 Orly
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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 travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

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 Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Anitkabir and Ulucanlar Prison Museum. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, take an in-depth tour of II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ankara online holiday planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Ankara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in November; daily highs in Ankara reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

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 4.5 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 travel to Athens.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

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 Archaeological Site Mycenae. Visit Fortress Palamidi 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 lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Athens takes 4 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. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in November; daily highs in Athens reach 22°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Skopelos.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 7:

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 Cathedral of the Three Hierarchs. Get some cultural insight at Agios Ioannis Chapel and Saint Riginos Monastery. Explore Skopelos' surroundings by going to Tsougrias Beach (in Tsougrias Island), Alonnisos (Milia Bay, Chrisi Milia Beach, &more) and Skiathos Town (Skiathos Cemetery, The Blue House Art Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along with Skopelos Walks, look for gifts at Mediterraneo Deli Skopelos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Evangelistria, and steep yourself in history at Monastery of Agia Varvara.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Skopelos road trip app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Athens to Skopelos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Skopelos are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Skopelos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 22:

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 7.5 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 travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

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 The Hofburg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Maria Am Gestade. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel planner.

You can fly from Rome to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 4:

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 Friedhof Fluntern 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 much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hare Krishna Temple, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich day trip planning app.

Getting from Vienna to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 11:

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 Louvre Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14: