36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly to Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos", Drive to Zakinthos
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Zakinthos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive to Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos", Fly to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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San Teodoro, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Messina, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece — 2 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Faliraki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): stop by Petra Kamara, kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Kamiros, and finally appreciate the views at Valley of the Butterflies.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rhodes Town tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Rhodes Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: high temperatures in Rhodes Town hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae), Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Seahorse Dive Center (in Vari). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Athens trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Zakinthos.
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Zakinthos, Greece — 2 nights

On the 5th (Sat), examine the collection at Callinico Winery Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Byzantine Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum of the Monastery of Strofados. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with Reef Freediving Snorkeling Club and then trot along with EcoZante.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zakinthos road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Zakinthos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery), Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft) and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) (in Haarlem). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zakinthos to Amsterdam. Traveling from Zakinthos to Amsterdam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Lake Zurich & Bahnhofstrasse), Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Lucerne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 2 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch and then hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bellagio (I Giardini di Villa Melzi & Kayaking & Canoeing), Varenna (Villa Monastero & S. Giovanni Battista) and Verona (Ponte Scaligero, Arena di Verona, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Milan takes 4 hours. August in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Teodoro.
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San Teodoro, Italy — 2 nights

A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Comino, see some colorful creatures with Abyssos Diving School & Snorkeling, and then get outside with Stabilimento Balneare L'Isola Rossa. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Nata Libera, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia La Cinta, then look for all kinds of wild species at L'Area Naturale Marina Protetta Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo, and finally kick back and relax at Lu Impostu Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Teodoro tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Milan to San Teodoro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in San Teodoro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 5 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Salerno (Speed Boats Tours, Giardino della Minerva, &more), Positano (Art & Craft Gallery, Fornillo, &more) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Duomo di Ravello, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Pompeii Archaeological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, pause for some photo ops at Fontana sant'Andrea, and admire the striking features of Villa dei Misteri.

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

You can fly from San Teodoro to Naples in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Naples are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome online route planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Messina.
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Messina, Italy — 3 nights

Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Vara e i Giganti, then look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Sea Diving Center, then step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, and finally make a trip to Corso Umberto. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Messina, make a trip to Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), stroll around Villa Comunale, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Varo.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Messina tour itinerary website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Rome to Messina in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Messina, with lows of 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Fri).
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Rhodes travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Sardinia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.
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