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:  1​h 45​min
2
Sinaia, Romania
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Brasov, Romania
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
5
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Limassol, Cyprus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Nicosia, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Izmir, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
15
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and then ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos), then stroll through Herăstrău Park, and then examine the collection at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti".

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online day trip planner .

Guangzhou, China to Bucharest is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Guangzhou to Bucharest. Traveling from Guangzhou in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Bucharest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a 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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinaia Monastery, then steep yourself in history at George Enescu Memorial House, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cabana Babele, and finally don't miss a visit to Crucea Caraiman.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Sinaia trip planner .

Take a train from Bucharest to Sinaia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) 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 find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brasov online visit planner .

Getting from Sinaia to Brasov by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 18th (Wed), 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 19th (Thu), make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, then pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Brasov to Veliko Tarnovo in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) 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

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then enjoy some diversion at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Level Up.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Plovdiv trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Gifted Sofia, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sofia day trip planner.

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 July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Sofia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, and finally make a trip to Aristotelous Square. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Hellofrom Thessaloniki, steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki holiday planner .

You can drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sofia in July: high temperatures in Thessaloniki hover around 38°C and lows are around 23°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sunset in Oia, do a tasting at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., and choose your vessel at Alex Private Boat Rental.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fira trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Thessaloniki to Fira takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fira when traveling from Thessaloniki in July, with lows around 27°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Megalochori, KAMARA BEACH, Sand Lily Boutique
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Alex Private Boat Rental ©
Alex Private Boat Rental

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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: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take some stellar pictures from Mount Lycabettus, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Athens online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fira to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July in Athens, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can 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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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at The Grivas Monument and Museum, then delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, and then make a trip to Saint Paul's Pillar.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paphos 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. In July, daily temperatures in Paphos can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Limassol.

Things to do in Paphos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Coral Bay, Aphrodite's Rock
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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 1st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Kourion, then make a splash at Fasouri Watermania Water Park, and then stop by AQUA Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Governor's Beach, then take in the waterfront activity at Limassol Marina, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kolossi Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Limassol trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paphos to Limassol takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough 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
Kolossi Castle ©
Kolossi Castle
Kourion ©
Kourion

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus, enjoy the sand and surf at Mckenzie Beach, and then get engrossed in the history at The Cyprus Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Saint Hilarion Castle, explore the historical opulence of Kyrenia Castle, then don't miss a visit to Selimiye Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Buyuk Han, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Phaneromeni Church.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nicosia road trip app .

Traveling by car from Limassol to Nicosia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Limassol in August, you will find days in Nicosia are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Nicosia

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Larnaca, Kyrenia
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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.
Explore Izmir's surroundings by going to Selcuk (Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, The Terrace Houses, & more). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower).

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Izmir trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nicosia to Izmir. While traveling from Nicosia, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Izmir, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Road to Pamukkale, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Izmir to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 10th (Fri), 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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antalya attractions planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, look for gifts at Alaturca Carpet, and trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Antalya in August since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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