16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
7
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Capitoline Museums, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria in Trastevere, examine the collection at St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally don't miss a visit to Pantheon. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome custom trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mexico City, Mexico to Rome. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Rome due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

2
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.
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, examine the collection at Saint Mark's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, then admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Canal and then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice trip generator.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, stop by Oneiro Jewelry, then explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, then stop by Aquamarine Jewelry, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Venice to Fira in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Venice to Fira, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Venice in October, expect Fira to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Skaros Rock, Ancient Thera
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Ancient Thera ©
Ancient Thera
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Rarity Gallery and then get to know the fascinating history of Little Venice.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mykonos Town trip itinerery planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Rarity Gallery ©
Rarity Gallery

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town
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 10th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ancient Kamiros.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town trip itinerery planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mykonos Town to Rhodes Town in 5.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. While traveling from Mykonos Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rhodes Town, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ancient Kamiros, Village of Lindos
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Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Skinaria Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rethymnon trip generator.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rhodes Town in October since evenings lows in Rethymnon dip to 19°C. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Plakias
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Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Kourtaliotiko Gorge ©
Kourtaliotiko Gorge

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night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, contemplate the long history of Gradske Zidine, then see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Rethymnon to Dubrovnik takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Rethymnon in October, expect Dubrovnik to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

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