33 days in Europe Itinerary

33 days in Europe Itinerary

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33 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou, China
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Sinaia, Romania
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Brasov, Romania
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
5
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
9
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Limassol, Cyprus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Nicosia, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Izmir, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
15
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
16
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Guangzhou, China

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Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then admire the masterpieces at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and then admire the striking features of Palace of Parliament. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos), stroll through Herăstrău Park, and then examine the collection at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti".

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bucharest sightseeing tool .

Guangzhou, China to Bucharest is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Guangzhou in August, things will get slightly colder in Bucharest: highs are around 36°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Sinaia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Parks Museums
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Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

1
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Sinaia, Romania

Sinaia ©
Named after the monastery around which it was built, Sinaia is a mountain resort and popular holiday destination for Romanians and foreigners alike.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinaia Monastery, then steep yourself in history at George Enescu Memorial House, then take in the awesome beauty at Cabana Babele, and finally make a trip to Crucea Caraiman.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sinaia tour planner .

You can take a train from Bucharest to Sinaia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Brasov.

Things to do in Sinaia

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Crucea Caraiman
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Cabana Babele ©
Cabana Babele
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery
Crucea Caraiman ©
Crucea Caraiman

1
night
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brasov vacation builder site .

Traveling by bus from Sinaia to Brasov takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites
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Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

1
night
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo ©
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, then pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Veliko Tarnovo online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brasov to Veliko Tarnovo. August in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chiesa della Nativita
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Samovodska Charshiya Complex ©
Samovodska Charshiya Complex
Asen's Monument ©
Asen's Monument

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then enjoy some diversion at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Level Up.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 17th (Fri), stop by Gifted Sofia, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sofia day trip site .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in August, Sofia is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Sofia

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping
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Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Gifted Sofia ©
Gifted Sofia

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nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, and finally make a trip to Aristotelous Square. On your second day here, look for gifts at Hellofrom Thessaloniki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sofia in August, things will get a bit warmer in Thessaloniki: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

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nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, stop by Sand Lily Boutique, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A..

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Thessaloniki to Fira by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, Fira is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Megalochori, Oia, Kamari Beach, Sand Lily Boutique
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, examine the collection at Acropolis Museum, and explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Athens online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fira to Athens takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Athens, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paphos.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Grivas Monument and Museum, delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, and then make a trip to Saint Paul's Pillar.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paphos day trip planning website .

Getting from Athens to Paphos by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paphos when traveling from Athens in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Limassol.

Things to do in Paphos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Aphrodite's Rock, Coral Bay
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Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Aphrodite's Rock ©
Aphrodite's Rock

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Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol ©
The second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol attracts locals and tourists alike with its sun and sea.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Kourion, then cool off at Fasouri Watermania Water Park, and then look for gifts at AQUA Shop. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Governor's Beach, then take in the waterfront activity at Limassol Marina, and finally explore the ancient world of Kolossi Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Limassol route maker .

You can drive from Paphos to Limassol in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Limassol sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nicosia.

Things to do in Limassol

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
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Fasouri Watermania Water Park ©
Fasouri Watermania Water Park
Kourion ©
Kourion
Kolossi Castle ©
Kolossi Castle

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Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia ©
Experience a combination of traditional and modern Cyprus, including archaeological sites encircled by ancient walls, in the country's capital, Nicosia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Lazarus, kick back and relax at Mckenzie Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of The Cyprus Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Saint Hilarion Castle, explore the historical opulence of Kyrenia Castle, make a trip to Selimiye Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Buyuk Han, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Phaneromeni Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nicosia tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Limassol to Nicosia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Limassol in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nicosia, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Nicosia

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyrenia, Larnaca
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Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
The Cyprus Museum ©
The Cyprus Museum
Saint Hilarion Castle ©
Saint Hilarion Castle

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nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, The Terrace Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower).

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Izmir trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nicosia to Izmir. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Nicosia in September: high temperatures in Izmir hover around 26°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Selcuk
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): cruise along Road to Pamukkale, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip builder .

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Natural Park ©
Pamukkale Natural Park

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Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Antalya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums
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Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, and look for gifts at Alaturca Carpet.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Goreme holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antalya in September, with highs in Goreme at 33°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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