33 days in Europe Itinerary

33 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Berlin, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Malaga, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain
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Rome, Italy
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Athens, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster and National Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natural History Museum and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Explore London's surroundings by going to Oxford (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Wallace Collection, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Brands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and brush up on your military savvy at HMS Belfast.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the London road trip planning site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to London is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 12 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in March; daily highs in London reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally wander the streets of The Jordaan. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue, then examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, and finally explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam visit website.

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Amsterdam, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 5th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, then examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, and finally don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Treptower Park, contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, then head outdoors with Strandbar Mitte, and finally browse the exhibits of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Berlin road trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Fri), indulge your senses at Vinitaly GmbH, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, then examine the collection at Air Force Center, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online vacation planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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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.
Louvre Museum and Fondation Louis Vuitton are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Place des Vosges. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 11th (Tue), take a stroll through El Born, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, and finally wander the streets of Las Ramblas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, stroll around Parc Guell, make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally examine the collection at Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona sightseeing planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Malaga.
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Malaga, Spain — 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, explore the world behind art at Museo de Malaga, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, examine the collection at Revello de Toro Museum, then contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Episcopal Palace. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Victoria, explore the world behind art at Museum Jorge Rando, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then kick back and relax at Playa El Bajondillo, and finally stroll through Playa La Carihuela.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Malaga day trip planning tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Malaga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Malaga: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, tour the pleasant surroundings at Guincho Beach, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor. On your second day here, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning site.

Fly from Madrid to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Red History Museum and Old Town. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sveti Jakov Beach and Srebreno Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Cavtat (Vlaho Bukovac House & Church of Our Lady of the Snow). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, kick back and relax at Beach Kupari, make a trip to Pile Gate, and admire the striking features of Prijeko street.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Rome to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take a stroll through Plaka, explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, take a stroll through Anafiotika, then delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Philopappos Hill, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally stroll through Mount Lycabettus.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Athens road trip planning app.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sehzade Mehmet Mosque, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nuruosmaniye Camii, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, then admire the striking features of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Serefiye Sarnici.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Athens in April; daily highs in Istanbul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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