40 days in Europe & Greenland Itinerary

40 days in Europe & Greenland Itinerary

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40 days in Europe & Greenland Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Nafplio, Greece
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
10
Nuuk, Greenland
— 3 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Athens route app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Athens is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Athens. While traveling from Auckland, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens

3
nights
Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mainalo Ski Center and Fortress Palamidi. Change things up with these side-trips from Nafplio: Akrokorinthos (in Corinth) and Kapsia Cave (in Kapsas). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae, take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nafplio tour app .

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Athens in January, things will get little chillier in Nafplio: highs are around 11°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapsia Cave, Mainalo Ski Center, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Akrokorinthos
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Archaeological Site Mycenae ©
Archaeological Site Mycenae
Mainalo Ski Center ©
Mainalo Ski Center
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi

1
night
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Little Venice, and then see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mykonos Town using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Nafplio to Mykonos Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Nafplio in January, Mykonos Town is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Spas Museums
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Aegean Maritime Museum ©
Aegean Maritime Museum
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Galleria Borghese. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip tool .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mykonos Town to Rome. Traveling from Mykonos Town in January, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza del Campo and Piazza Maggiore. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Torre del Mangia & Duomo di Siena) and Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell (in Bologna). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence travel site .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Bologna
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia and St Mark's Campanile. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti & Piazza delle Erbe) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Venice itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Venice is a bit cooler than Florence - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vieille Ville and Promenade des Anglais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Venice to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in January, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, Les Jardins Bioves
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

4
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, Musee des Chantiers Naval, & more), Eglise Saint Louis (in Hyeres) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Aviasim Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Certosa di La Verne, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame De Constance, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere militaire franco-italien, and get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille road trip planner .

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Aix-en-Provence, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Palais des Papes, Eglise Saint Louis
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Virtual Room Toulon ©
Virtual Room Toulon

4
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in February, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nuuk.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuk Cathedral and Nuuk Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Evigheds Fjords, contemplate the long history of Hans Egedes hus, enjoy some diversion at Greenland Simulation Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Prince Christian Sound.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nuuk road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Paris to Nuuk with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western Greenland Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In February, Nuuk is colder than Paris - with highs of -7°C and lows of -12°C. You will leave for home on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Nuuk

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Prince Christian Sound, Evigheds Fjords
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Evigheds Fjords ©
Evigheds Fjords
Nuuk Cathedral ©
Nuuk Cathedral
Hans Egedes hus ©
Hans Egedes hus

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