42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Cannes, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 1 day
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to Valletta
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Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Paros, Greece
— 3 nights
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Ios, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pont Alexandre III, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Museums · Historic Sites

Marseille, France — 2 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If and then take a stroll through The Panier. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Marseille reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Vieux Port and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cannes trip planning website.

You can drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Cannes, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere (in La Spezia). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro, trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre online route planner.

Getting from Nice to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cinque Terre, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 1 day

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome attractions planning website.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Speed Boats Tours (in Salerno) and Pompeii (Villa dei Misteri & Lupanar). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, and get engrossed in the history at Galleria Borbonica.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Naples, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 4 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Sorrento (St Francis Church and Convent, Piazza Tasso, &more), Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, &more) and Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience, Head underground at Cave of Smeraldo, and stop by Art & Craft Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Positano trip planner.

Getting from Naples to Positano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Valletta.
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Valletta, Malta — 3 nights

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Step out of Valletta to go to Mellieha and see Mellieha Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu, Head underground at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mdina Old City.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Valletta trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Positano to Valletta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): visit Plaka and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip website.

Fly from Valletta to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Valletta to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in October, Athens is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Corfu Town.
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Corfu Town, Greece — 2 nights

Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Corfu Museum of Asian Art and then delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Achilleion Museum, then don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, then wander the streets of Corfu Old Town, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kostas Georgakis Monument.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Corfu Town sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Athens to Corfu Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 2 nights

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, then don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki vacation builder site.

Getting from Corfu Town to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Corfu Town in October, with highs in Thessaloniki at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 2 nights

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Little Venice, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then make a trip to Matoyianni Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Platis Gialos Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town tour website.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Mykonos Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mykonos Town, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Paros.
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Paros, Greece — 3 nights

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Paros is known for beaches, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Parikia Town, examine the collection at Folklore Art Museum Of Cycladic Civilization Benetos & Popi Skiadas., pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Parou.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paros trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Paros takes 2 hours. October in Paros sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ios.
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Ios, Greece — 3 nights

Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Ios is known for beaches, nightlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Paleokastro, browse the exhibits of Diaseli Traditional Cheesery, kick back and relax at Manganari Beach, and see the interesting displays at Chora Museum, Ios.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ios attractions planner.

Getting from Paros to Ios by ferry takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Nikola's Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fira day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Ios to Fira in 1.5 hours. October in Fira sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Malta travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.
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Corfu travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Island of the Phaeacians
Designated as a World Heritage Site, Corfu retains many reminders of the island's Venetian, British, and French heritage.The northernmost of the Ionian Islands, the mild-weathered city made it into mythology as the idyllic place where Poseidon enjoyed marital bliss with the nymph Korkyra. Allegedly named after this mythical beauty, the island offers a blend of well-developed seaside areas and pristine mountain ranges, popular with both package tourists and casual backpackers. The island's top attraction remains the pleasant city of Corfu, an architectural gem made for sightseeing on foot. The island also serves as a convenient jumping-off point for tours of the Albanian and Italian coastlines.
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Mykonos travel guide

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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.
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Santorini travel guide

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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.
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