31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  15​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
4
Podgorica, Montenegro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Dijon, France
— 1 night
11
Paris, France
— 3 nights
12
Calais, France
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
15
Blackpool, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h
16
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong, China

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hike along Delmece Yaylasi and then take in the dramatic scenery at Erikli Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul journey planner .

Hong Kong, China to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Eastern European Time is minus 5 hours. In July, Istanbul is slightly colder than Hong Kong - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Plovdiv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Delmece Yaylasi, Erikli Waterfall
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

2
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Mother of God and then get to know the fascinating history of Nebet Tepe. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Bachkovo Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, then do a tasting at Villa Yustina Winery, and finally enjoy some diversion at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Plovdiv vacation planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Plovdiv by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Plovdiv, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Skopje.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trips

St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, Villa Yustina, Bachkovo Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church ©
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church

1
night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kale and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mustafa Pasha Mosque.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Skopje holiday app .

Drive from Plovdiv to Skopje in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Plovdiv to Skopje is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Podgorica.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites
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Mustafa Pasha Mosque ©
Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Macedonia Square ©
Macedonia Square
Kale ©
Kale

1
night
Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica
Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Podgorica holiday maker website .

You can take a bus from Skopje to Podgorica in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Podgorica

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), then take a stroll through The historic urban site of Pocitelj, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medjugorje, and finally learn about winemaking at Andrija Wine Cellars.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mostar online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Podgorica to Mostar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Mostar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Mostar

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Andrija Wine Cellars, The historic urban site of Pocitelj
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
The historic urban site of Pocitelj ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque ©
Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Jarun Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zagreb trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Mostar to Zagreb takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mostar in July; daily highs in Zagreb reach 34°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Jarun Lake
Jarun Lake

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Visit Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico in Caorle, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice planner .

You can drive from Zagreb to Venice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Zagreb in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Venice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Milano and Il Cenacolo. Family-friendly places like Spiaggia di Cerro and Castello Sforzesco will thrill your kids. Step out of Milan to go to Leggiuno and see Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milan online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Cerro, Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso ©
Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso

2
nights
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, then fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi and then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Dijon, France

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 6th (Tue), head outdoors with Aqua-City, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then walk along Owl's Trail, and finally steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dijon travel tool .

You can drive from Chamonix to Dijon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Dijon

Fun & Games Trails Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Aqua-City ©
Aqua-City
Maison Milliere ©
Maison Milliere

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 7th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, then take a stroll through Montmartre, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online holiday builder .

Getting from Dijon to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Calais.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc Nez.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Calais travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Calais takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Calais to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to London.

Things to do in Calais

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Escalles, Forteresse de Mimoyecques
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Cap Blanc-Nez ©
Cap Blanc-Nez
Cran d'Escalles ©
Cran d'Escalles
Forteresse de Mimoyecques ©
Forteresse de Mimoyecques

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tower of London, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read London trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Calais to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower of London ©
Tower of London

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night
Manchester, United Kingdom

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Flip Out Manchester, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Manchester Three Rivers Gin Experience.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Manchester trip planner .

You can take a train from London to Manchester in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from London, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Manchester, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Blackpool.

Things to do in Manchester

Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries
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Room Escape Games

1
night
Blackpool, United Kingdom

Blackpool ©
Over 12 million people visit Blackpool each year, making it Britain’s top holiday resort and one of its most visited cities overall, second only to London.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Blackpool trip planner .

Getting from Manchester to Blackpool by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Manchester.

Things to do in Blackpool

Theme Parks
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach ©
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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nights
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lyme Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manchester trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Blackpool to Manchester by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manchester

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lyme Park, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, Knowsley Safari
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Knowsley Safari ©
Knowsley Safari
Lyme Park ©
Lyme Park

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