60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 4 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Train to Brindisi, Ferry to Igoumenitsa, Bus to Thessaloniki
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Train
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Taxi to Piraeus, Ferry to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 1 day
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Ferry to Piraeus, Drive to Igoumenitsa, Ferry to Bari M.ma, Drive to Naples
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Naples, Italy
— 9 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
Train
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus
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Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly to Sofia Airport, Drive to Bansko
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Bansko, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 10 nights
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Venice, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Castello Estense. Get some historical perspective at Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Piazza San Marco. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: ATN Laguna Sud (in Lova), Padua (Basilica di Santa Giustina, Battistero del Duomo di Padova - World Heritage Site, &more) and Ferrara (Ferrara Cathedral, Via delle Volte, &more). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice road trip planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Venice is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 47°F and lows are around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Verona, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Visit Cattedrale di San Vigilio and chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida-Verona and San Fermo Maggiore, Verona. Get out of town with these interesting Verona side-trips: Castel Beseno (in Besenello), Brescia (Tempio Capitolino e Piazza del Foro, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Carita, &more) and Montana Wellness (in Vason). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Antica, appreciate the history behind Arca di Cansignorio, don't miss a visit to I Portoni della Bra, and explore the ancient world of Porta Borsari.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Verona vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally delve into the distant past at Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Casa di Santa Caterina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo Chigi Saracini.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Siena trip planner.

You can drive from Verona to Siena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli are in your itinerary. Pantheon and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Rome sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolis Cathedral of Agios Gregorios Palamas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Agia Aikaterini, and finally do a tasting at Ktima Gerovassiliou. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Panteleimon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rotunda, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Zeitenlik.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thessaloniki driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Rome to Thessaloniki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in January, you will find days in Thessaloniki are a bit cooler (50°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Hephaestus are in your itinerary. Erechtheion and Temple of Poseidon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Nafplio (Blueblanc Beach & Fortress Palamidi), Lion Gate (in Mycenae) and Planet Blue Diving Center (in Lavrio). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Athens attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in January, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Naxos Town, Greece

— 1 day
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Blue Fin Divers Naxos Greece, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naos Tou Dionysou Yria, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finikas Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Naos Tou Apollona - Portara.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naxos Town trip website.

You can fly from Athens to Naxos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Naples, Italy

— 9 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Underground Naples and Catacombe di San Gaudioso. Galleria Borbonica and Parco Acheologico di Ercolano will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Anfiteatro Campano e Museo dei Gladiatori (in Santa Maria Capua Vetere), Pompeii (House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), Forum, &more) and Santuario di Montevergine (in Mercogliano). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, don't miss a visit to Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, and delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Naxos Town to Naples takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Naxos Town to Naples. Expect little chillier evenings in Naples when traveling from Naxos Town in January, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Malaga.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 4:

Malaga, Spain

— 4 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and Adventure Rider Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Malaga Cathedral and Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga. Change things up with these side-trips from Malaga: Antequera (Dolmen de Menga, Dolmenes de Antequera, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Castillo de Gibralfaro, get engrossed in the history at Alcazaba, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Malaga, and delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano.

To find out how to plan a trip to Malaga, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Malaga takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Naples, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Malaga, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Walls of Avila and Prado National Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica de San Vicente and Barrio de Salamanca. Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Avila to see Catedral de Avila about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and wander the streets of La Latina.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Madrid tour planner.

You can fly from Malaga to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Malaga in February, with highs in Madrid at 52°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bilbao.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Bilbao, Spain

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Visit Casco Viejo and Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to La Ribera Market and Bodegas Baigorri. Change things up with a short trip to Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. in Haro (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Begona, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Vicente Mártir de Abando, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de la Diputacion, and kick back and relax at Playa de Plentzia.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bilbao journey site.

Fly from Madrid to Bilbao in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bilbao can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bansko.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Bansko, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari, and then admire the landmark architecture of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, then don't miss a visit to Pirin Street, then hit the slopes at BanskoSki, and finally soothe aching muscles at Alpha Spa & Pool - Spa center.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Bansko trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bilbao to Bansko. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bilbao to Bansko. Traveling from Bilbao in February, expect Bansko to be slightly colder, temps between 46°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Bansko

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, look for gifts at Andromeda Art, and then surround yourself with nature on Your Plovdiv Trips.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv day trip website.

Getting from Bansko to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 10 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Visiting Vitosha Mountain and Go Borovets will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School. Get out of town with these interesting Sofia side-trips: Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo), Borovets (Horseback Riding Tours & Borovets Ski Resort) and Saeva Dupka (in Lovech). Dedicate the 23rd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre of Serdica, don't miss a visit to Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex, and pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Sofia sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 31°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — Mar 1:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
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.