29 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

29 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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29 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
3
New York City, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h
6
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airports are Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Food Tours
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

5
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, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip builder site

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Athens

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

6
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the New York City travel itinerary planner

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to New York City takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Athens to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in December, things will get slightly colder in New York City: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

5
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, ponder the design of Santa Maria in Trastevere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rome trip builder app

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Rome in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Rome due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Piazza del Campo & Siena Cathedral). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence vacation planner

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Siena
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), then stroll through Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bell tower of Saint Sophia's Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kiev trip planner

You can do a combination of train and flight from Florence to Kiev in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Florence in December, expect nights in Kiev to be a bit cooler, around -5°C, while days are cooler, around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites
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St. Volodymyr's Cathedral ©
St. Volodymyr's Cathedral
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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