40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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1
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
2
Hvar, Croatia
— 1 night
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
4
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
— 2 nights
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
6
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
7
Milos, Greece
— 2 nights
8
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
9
Heraklion, Greece
— 4 nights
10
Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
11
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
12
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 2 nights
13
Gumbet, Turkey
— 3 nights
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Dominic Church, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo di Diocleziano. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Filigran Split, steep yourself in history at Old Split, thenadmire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, thenstroll around Marjan Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner.

Newark, USA to Split is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

1
night
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On your second day here, do a tasting at Tomic Winery, thenstep into the grandiose world of Tvrdalj Castle, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hvar trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Hvar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In May in Hvar, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomic Winery, Tvrdalj Castle
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited, thenstep off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pile Gate and then wander the streets of Old Town.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sveti Stefan.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

2
nights
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan is a small islet and 5-star hotel resort on the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, approximately southeast of Budva.The resort, known commercially as Aman Sveti Stefan, includes part of the mainland, where the Villa Miločer part of the resort is located. Venture out of the city with trips to Bar (Church Of Saint John & Bar Stari Grad), Podgorica (Millennium Bridge & Lake Skadar) and Virpazar (Monument to the Partizans and Heroes of the World War II, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Miločer Park, kick back and relax at Bečići Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gradište Monastery.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sveti Stefan driving holiday website.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Sveti Stefan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sveti Stefan when traveling from Dubrovnik in May, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Sveti Stefan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Virpazar, Bar, Podgorica, Bečići Beach, Gradište Monastery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lake Skadar ©
Lake Skadar
Church Of Saint John
Church Of Saint John

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Luke, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nikola Church, thentake in panoramic vistas at Kampana Tower, thenexplore the activities along Bay of Kotor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor Old Town City Walls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, admire the striking features of Sea Gate, see the interesting displays at Cats Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Our Lady of Health, and finally delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Sveti Stefan to Kotor in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. May in Kotor sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Rocks, Our Lady of Health
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St. Tryphon Cathedral
St. Tryphon Cathedral
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Our Lady of the Rocks ©
Our Lady of the Rocks

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
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.
When in Corfu Town, make a side trip to see Paleokastritsa Beach in Paleokastritsa, approximately Paleokastritsa away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, relax in the rural setting at Corfu Donkey Rescue, look for gifts at FIRSTHING&NOEL, and admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Corfu Town trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Kotor to Corfu Town in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kotor in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Corfu Town. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Milos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Achilleion Museum
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
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Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Corfu Donkey Rescue ©
Corfu Donkey Rescue

2
nights
Milos, Greece

Milos ©
The result of thousands of years of volcanic activity, the island of Milos features a craggy coastline interspersed by shallow beaches.
Milos is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kleftiko Beach, kick back and relax at Tsigrado Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Catacombs of Milos, and explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Milos.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milos road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Corfu Town to Milos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Milos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kleftiko Beach ©
Kleftiko Beach
Old Sulfur Mines ©
Old Sulfur Mines
Sarakiniko Beach ©
Sarakiniko Beach

3
nights
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Get out of town with these interesting Oia side-trips: Akrotiri (Red Beach & Akrotiri). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Naval Maritime Museum, and trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail.

For maps and tourist information, read Oia trip site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Milos to Oia takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Oia can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Fira, Akrotiri, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail

4
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Snail Farm and Fun in Tylissos (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and steep yourself in history at Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis.

Start your trip to Heraklion by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Heraklion in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paphos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Tylissos, The Palace of Knossos, Winery Stilianou, Folklore Museum of Gouves, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
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Winery Stilianou ©
Winery Stilianou
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

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.
Make the 29th (Sat) a rough and rugged day at local off-road trails. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle, examine the collection at Byzantine Museum, and don't miss a visit to The House of Dionysus.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paphos trip planner.

Fly from Heraklion to Paphos in 6.5 hours. May in Paphos sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kouklia, Coral Bay
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Aphrodite's Rock ©
Aphrodite's Rock

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, thenwander the streets of Kaleici, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, thensee the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and then meet the residents at Antalya Aquarium.

Plan trip to Antalya with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Paphos to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

2
nights
Oludeniz, Turkey

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stop by Anadolu el Sanatlari, thenkick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz, and finally make a splash at Oludeniz Waterworld Aquapark.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Antalya to Oludeniz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gumbet.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Babadag ©
Babadag
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

3
nights
Gumbet, Turkey

Gumbet ©
You've now added Ancient City of Ephesus to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Windmills, thentake in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, and then hunt for treasures at Turgutreis Bazaar.

Plan trip to Gumbet with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Gumbet takes 4 hours. Traveling from Oludeniz in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gumbet, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gumbet

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodrum City, Turgutreis Bazaar, Ancient City of Ephesus, Yalikavak Marina
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina
Myndos Gate ©
Myndos Gate

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Gumbet to Istanbul with the Route module. Traveling from Gumbet in June, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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