16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Syracuse, Italy
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
2
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h
3
Hersonissos, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + train + bus:  12​h 30​min
5
Montalcino, Italy
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
6
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  32​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for gifts at L'Arte per Inciso, look for gifts at Ceramiche Artigianali Dolù, stop by Avola con noi, then steep yourself in history at Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, and finally stop by Souvenir Avola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Caseificio Borderi.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Syracuse itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Catania-Fontanarossa Airport. In November in Syracuse, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fira.

Things to do in Syracuse

Shopping Historic Sites Classes

Side Trips

Avola, Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
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Ibla Souvenir Avola ©
Ibla Souvenir Avola
Ceramiche Artigianali Dolu ©
Ceramiche Artigianali Dolu
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto ©

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
For shopping fun, head to Aquamarine Jewelry or The Good Heart. Eduart Gopalaj Wood Gallery and Mnemossyne Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Fira side-trips: Akrotiri (Galatea Pottery & Faros Market). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Koukla Art, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and view the masterpieces at Aegean Designs.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fira itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Syracuse to Fira in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Syracuse to Fira due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Syracuse in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fira, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Aegean Designs, Eduart Gjopalaj Workshop
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Artemis Karamolegos Winery ©
Artemis Karamolegos Winery
Atlantis Books ©
Atlantis Books
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

3
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hantra and The Bronze. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Eklektos Bookshop and Maria & Vangelis - Unique. Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Nostimon (in Kritsa) and Mirabello Bay (in Agios Nikolaos). There's more to do: look for gifts at Faestos.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hersonissos vacation trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Fira to Hersonissos in 3 hours. Another option is to fly. In November, daytime highs in Hersonissos are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Shopping Nature Classes

Side Trips

Elounda, Nostimon, Mirabello Bay
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Hantra ©
Hantra
Eklektos Bookshop ©
Eklektos Bookshop
Mirabello Bay ©
Mirabello Bay

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Athos Workshop and Art of Living Glass Factory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marianna's Workshop and Cretan Lyra Workshop - Museum Stagakis. Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: George and Lilian's Jewellery (in Almyrida), Tsika Lario (in Margarites) and Creta Earth Traditional Products (in Plakias). There's more to do: stop by Royale Shopping.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon itinerary maker.

Traveling by taxi from Hersonissos to Rethymnon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montalcino.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Creta Earth, Tzompanakis Blown Glass-Art Of Living, Royale Shopping, Athos Workshop, George and Lilian's Jewellery
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George and Lilian's Jewellery ©
George and Lilian's Jewellery
mariannas ©
mariannas
Athos Workshop ©
Athos Workshop

1
night
Montalcino, Italy

Montalcino ©
In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
On the 6th (Tue), look for gifts at Il Volo, look for gifts at il Granaio di Gabriello, then stop by Bianco e Nero di Staccioli Sonia, and finally stop by La Fabbrica delle Candele. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Caprili.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Montalcino trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rethymnon to Montalcino. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rethymnon to Montalcino. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rethymnon in December; daily highs in Montalcino reach 11°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Montalcino

Shopping Wineries Classes

Side Trips

Sarteano, Siena
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La Fabbrica delle Candele ©
La Fabbrica delle Candele
Caprili ©
Caprili
Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli ©

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day
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter), look for gifts at Tippecanoe, then stop by The Isle of Skye Soap Company, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quiraing (Hill Walk), and finally look for gifts at Skyelight Candles.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isle of Skye tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Montalcino to Isle of Skye. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. December in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Shopping Nature Parks
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Skyelight ©
Skyelight
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter) ©
JR Art Gallery (Jeremy Rossiter)

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