45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly to Santorini, Bus to Oia
2
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Unknown
3
Elia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive to Mikonos Airport, Fly to Athens
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Fly
10
Calais, France
— 2 nights
Train
11
London, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Istanbul, Turkey — 7 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Canberra, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -7 hour difference. While traveling from Canberra, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Oia.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 8:

Oia, Greece — 2 nights

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, kick back and relax at Red Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ancient Thera and then don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oia trip tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Oia by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Oia is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oia, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Elia.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Elia, Greece — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm and then stroll through Elia Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Agrari Beach and then kick back and relax at Super Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Elia trip website.

Traveling by journey from Oia to Elia takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Athens, Greece — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Athens visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elia to Athens. January in Athens sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Split.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Split, Croatia — 2 nights

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 17th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on Avere Tourism, then look for gifts at Break Time, and then get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, then stroll around Marjan Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Bedalov Winery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Split holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Split takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Split can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Milan.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Milan, Italy — 5 nights

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Arena di Verona, &more) and Turin (Museo Egizio, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, see the interesting displays at Civic Archaeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

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

Traveling by flight from Split to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Split in January, with highs in Milan at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nightlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:

Nice, France — 4 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Milan to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Milan in January; daily highs in Nice reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cannes.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

Cannes, France — 3 nights

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Cannes is known for nature, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, stop by Le Suquet, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Delalandre Institut.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Cannes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Bordeaux, France — 3 nights

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, then make a trip to Pont de Pierre, and then make a trip to Place du Parlement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip planning app.

Fly from Cannes to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cannes in January, you will find days in Bordeaux are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Calais.
Fun & Games · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Calais, France — 2 nights

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): learn about all things military at La Coupole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais, observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa, and then stop by Calais Wine Superstore.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Calais route maker app.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Calais in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Bordeaux in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Calais: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to London.
Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

London, United Kingdom — 8 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Change things up with a short trip to Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, stroll around Hyde Park, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our London road trip site.

Take a train from Calais to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Calais to London due to the time zone difference. February in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 12:

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Mykonos travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.