31 days in Europe & Greenland Itinerary

31 days in Europe & Greenland Itinerary

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31 days in Europe & Greenland Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Akureyri, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Nuuk, Greenland
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Ilulissat, Greenland
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Change things up with a short trip to Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, walk around St Stephens Green, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and explore the historical opulence of Dublin Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin route planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Dublin is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Dublin are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Akureyri.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kilkenny Castle
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri ©
Often referred to as Iceland's second city, Akureyri offers an array of cultural attractions in a scenic setting.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, head off the coast to Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa, and then admire the sheer force of Goðafoss Waterfall.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akureyri driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Dublin to Akureyri in 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dublin in September; daily highs in Akureyri reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Akureyri

Parks Nature Spas
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Goðafoss Waterfall ©
Goðafoss Waterfall
Photography Tours
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa ©
Knarrarberg - Yoga & Spa

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reykjavik: Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and get engrossed in the history at Tales from Iceland.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik tour itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nuuk.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
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Food Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas

1
night
Nuuk, Greenland

Nuuk ©
Home to a quarter of the nation's population, Nuuk represents the nation's cultural and economic center and holds the title as the world's smallest and northernmost capital.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nuuk Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Qornok, then examine the collection at Greenland National Museum and Archives, and finally explore the world behind art at Nuuk Art Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nuuk trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Reykjavik to Nuuk. Traveling from Reykjavik to Nuuk, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, expect Nuuk to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ilulissat.

Things to do in Nuuk

Museums
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Nuuk Cathedral ©
Nuuk Cathedral
Nuuk Art Museum ©
Nuuk Art Museum

1
night
Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat ©
Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350km north of the Arctic Circle. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Jakobshavn Glacier, then take in the pleasant sights at Sermermiut, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ilulissat Icefjord.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilulissat trip planner .

Getting from Nuuk to Ilulissat by flight takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ilulissat can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Ilulissat

Parks Nature
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Ilulissat Icefjord ©
Ilulissat Icefjord
Jakobshavn Glacier ©
Jakobshavn Glacier
Sermermiut ©
Sermermiut

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain, contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Sofia trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ilulissat to Sofia. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ilulissat to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ilulissat in September, things will get much hotter in Sofia: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games

1
night
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv online attractions planner .

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
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 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Aristotelous Square, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Thessaloniki travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Thessaloniki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Thessaloniki, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens with an excursion to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Thessaloniki to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (San Francesco, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, & more) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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