45 days in Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Bovec, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Postojna, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Eger, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 1 night
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Sighisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, make a trip to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Vienna is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Vienna reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg travel planner.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Salzburg are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Innsbruck.
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Innsbruck, Austria — 2 nights

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, pause for some photo ops at Hofkirche, then get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), then contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, and finally get to know the resident critters at Alpenzoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Innsbruck trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): go deep underground at Salzwelten Hallstatt, take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and then take in the pleasant sights at Old Town.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hallstatt trip itinerary website.

Getting from Innsbruck to Hallstatt by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bled.
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Bled, Slovenia — 2 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bled: Bohinjsko Jezero (Lake Bohinj & Church of St John the Baptist). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stroll around Spa Park, head off the coast to Bled Island, and explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bled trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Bled takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bovec.
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Bovec, Slovenia — 2 nights

In the north-west part of Slovenia, Bovec sits in an area known for its rich and colorful culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Italian Charnel House, then see the interesting displays at Kobarid Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary of the Assumption church, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Soča Valley, admire the sheer force of Kozjak Waterfall, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bovec holiday site.

Drive from Bled to Bovec in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Bovec, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Postojna.
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Postojna, Slovenia — 2 nights

With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
On the 30th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Tourist Information Centre - Galerija, stop by Guštarna, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Škocjan Caves, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hrastovlje Church of the Holy Trinity. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Postojna Cave, see the interesting displays at Toplar Double Hayrack, then step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, and finally make a trip to Grotte di Postumia - Park Postojnska jama.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Postojna tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bovec to Postojna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Postojna can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, visit Ljubljana Old Town, then snap pictures at Triple Bridge, then snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Tivoli Park, admire the landmark architecture of Seminary Palace and Library, then explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, then explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ljubljana trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Postojna to Ljubljana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Széchenyi Thermal Bath, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Budapest online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Budapest, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Eger.
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Eger, Hungary — 2 nights

Hungarian Rome

Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minorita Templom, indulge in some personalized pampering at Egerszalók Medical- and Thermal Bath, Head underground at Valley of the Beautiful Women, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica, and finally explore the historical opulence of Eger Castle. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Dobo Square, examine the collection at Egri Road Beatles Museum, and then do a tasting at Bolyki Pinceszet.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Eger day trip tool.

You can drive from Budapest to Eger in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Eger can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Sibiu.
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Sibiu, Romania — 1 night

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
On the 8th (Thu), make a trip to Piaka Mica, make a trip to Turnul Pielarilor, then enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council), then take in the views from Bridge of Lies, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sibiu trip tool.

You can drive from Eger to Sibiu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June in Sibiu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sighisoara.
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Sighisoara, Romania — 2 nights

As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
On the 9th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Turnul Cismarilor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Romano-Catolica, get a taste of the local shopping with Art & Crafts, then view the masterpieces at The Spoonman, then go for a walk through Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Franghierilor. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Citadel Square Piata Cetatii, then make a trip to Sighisoara Clock Tower, then view the masterpieces at The Dracula Investigation, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centrul Istoric Sighisoara.

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Traveling by car from Sibiu to Sighisoara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sighisoara are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brasov.
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Brasov, Romania — 2 nights

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, examine the collection at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then make a trip to Crucea Caraiman, then explore the historical opulence of Peles Castle, and finally delve into the distant past at Weavers Bastion or Bastionul Tesatorilor. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Biserica Buna Vestire, get to know the fascinating history of Brasov Historical Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muntele Tampa, then make a trip to Piaka Sfatului, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brasov trip planner.

Drive from Sighisoara to Brasov in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 3 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 13th (Tue), get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bucharest tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Brasov to Bucharest in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Varna.
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Varna, Bulgaria — 1 night

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 15th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Historical Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Varna trip maker app.

You can drive from Bucharest to Varna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Varna sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 16th (Fri), see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Minov Art Club, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia tour app.

Traveling by flight from Varna to Sofia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Varna in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sofia, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

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 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then walk around Park Tsar Simeon, and finally don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Plovdiv visit planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, and then pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Plovdiv to Athens in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Plovdiv in June, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mykonos Town.
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Mykonos Town, Greece — 2 nights

Chora Mykonos

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 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Elia Beach, discover the deep blue sea with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, then visit Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally stop by Mytho.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Athens in June, you will find days in Mykonos Town are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to 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: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and stop by Olympus Senses.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira road trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Mykonos Town to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 26th (Mon), admire the local landmark of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally look for gifts at Inspira.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Heraklion takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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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

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.
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Crete travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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