53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Bodrum City, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Milos, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly to Ioannina, Drive to Saranda
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Saranda, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Bari, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Interlaken
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights

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Bodrum City, Turkey

— 4 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bodrum City: Knidos (in Datca), Temple of Apollo (in Didim) and Altinkum Beach (in Altinkum). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Zeki Muren Arts Museum, browse the different shops at Avenue Bodrum, explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, and explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Bodrum City road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Milas Bodrum International Airport, Dalaman International Airport and Adnan Menderes International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To plan Pamukkale vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Bodrum City to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Goreme, Turkey

— 3 nights
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.
On the 12th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Yastik's, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme tour itinerary maker app.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Goreme are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Red Beach, stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fira trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Fira takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Fira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Fira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Milos.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Milos, Greece

— 5 nights

Island of Colors

The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) among aquatic life with Polco Sailing Cruises. On the 25th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Pollonia Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kleftiko Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sarakiniko Beach, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Roman Theatre - Milos.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Milos trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Milos in 3 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, daily temperatures in Milos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Milos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.
When in Athens, make a side trip to see Seahorse Dive Center in Vari, approximately Vari away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, see the interesting displays at Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, and make a trip to Erechtheion.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip builder app.

You can fly from Milos to Athens in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Milos in July, you will find days in Athens are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Saranda.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Saranda, Albania

— 3 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Step out of Saranda to go to Vlore and see Blue Eye, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Saranda Jeep, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Quaranta beach, head outdoors with Bora Bora Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror (Pasqyra) Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saranda trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Athens to Saranda in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Saranda. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Saranda

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kotor, Montenegro

— 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the striking features of St. Tryphon Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Luke, see the interesting displays at Cats Museum, then make a trip to Njegoš Mausoleum, and finally head outdoors with Viewing Point at the Road Kotor-Lovćen. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kotor attractions planner.

Drive from Saranda to Kotor in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Saranda to Kotor, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saranda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kotor, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Mostar side-trips: The historic urban site of Pocitelj (in Pocitelj), Kravica (in Studenci) and Apparition Hill (in Medjugorje). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Bridge (Stari Most), make a trip to Mehmed Karadoz Moschee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and explore the activities along Neretva River.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mostar travel route planner.

Drive from Kotor to Mostar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mostar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Traveling by car from Mostar to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Mostar in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Dubrovnik, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bari.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Bari, Italy

— 5 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte di Castellana (in Castellana Grotte), Grotta del Trullo (in Putignano) and I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare, enjoy the sand and surf at Lungomare Imperatore Augusto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anna.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bari road trip planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Bari by ferry takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 6 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern & Aare River), Grindelwald (Bachalpsee Lake & Grindelwald-First) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haarige Kuh Brauerei, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bari to Interlaken in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bari in August: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 6 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau) and Kirche St. Justina (in Bad Worishofen). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Munich online tour builder.

You can drive from Interlaken to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Munich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Tower of London, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then make a trip to Buckingham Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Munich to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munich to London due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

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.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Montenegro travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Beaches
Whether you're in the mood to explore unspoiled nature, see historical sights, or soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere of beaches and parties, in Montenegro you can find everything within arm's reach. The Montenegrin coastline offers both large city beaches abundant with amenities, as well as peaceful fishing villages and secluded coves. Fortified old towns, medieval cathedrals, and monasteries are certain to satisfy history enthusiasts. Further inland are some of the nation's larger cities, as well as an abundance of opportunities for an active vacation. Wander off the beaten path, hike the mountains and canyons, and experience the traditional hospitality of villages where time seems to stand still. The national cuisine reflects the diversity of the landscape, including everything from fresh meat and dairy specialties, to a selection of seafood. The size of the country allows you to see a lot even during a short stay.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Bavaria travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.