53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Athens, Greece
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Mykonos Town, Greece
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Fira, Greece
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Goreme, Turkey
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Pamukkale, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Vienna, Austria
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Sambhad cocktail bar has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): join in the after-dark buzz at Sambhad cocktail bar.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planning website.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Madrid is 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in April; daily highs in Madrid reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 5 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens Night Owls has been added to your itinerary. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Nafplio (Lion of Bavaria & Tiryns) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Athens in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 15°C. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
On the 13th (Thu), examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, stroll through Platis Gialos Beach, and then stroll through Ornos Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Matoyianni Street, then don't miss a visit to Rarity Gallery, then make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), and finally wander the streets of Little Venice.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mykonos Town day trip planning app.

Fly from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) 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, do a tasting at Gaia Winery, look for gifts at Nikola's Art Gallery, and kick back and relax at Red Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Fira journey planning website.

Getting from Mykonos Town to Fira by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In April, daytime highs in Fira are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Goreme.
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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at TokalI Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme route maker site.

Fly from Fira to Goreme in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Fira in April, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

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 22nd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then take a stroll through Karahayit.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale online travel planner.

Fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online trip builder.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Istanbul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time 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 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Tsar Alexander II, and finally catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and finally stop by Catch a Fire Records.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sofia when traveling from Istanbul in April, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 23 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vienna: Durnstein Castle (in Durnstein), Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste (in Mannersdorf am Leithagebirge) and Melk Abbey (in Melk). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, stroll around Prater, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Sofia to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Vienna are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 6 nights

You've now added Sambhad cocktail bar to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Museo del Greco, Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, &more). See even more of Madrid: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in May: highs in Madrid hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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Cappadocia travel guide

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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.
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Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.
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