59 days in Europe, Caribbean & Asia Itinerary

59 days in Europe, Caribbean & Asia Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
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Nice, France
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Havana, Cuba
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Seoul, South Korea
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Kyoto, Japan
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Beijing, China
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Baku, Azerbaijan
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Minsk, Belarus
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Athens, Greece
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zaanse Schans and Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum. Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, visit The Jordaan, get lost in a book at OBA Library of Amsterdam, and take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online attractions planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Amsterdam is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Rosslyn Chapel and Grassmarket. Do some cultural sightseeing at Surgeons' Hall Museums and Greyfriars Kirk. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, contemplate the long history of Dean Village, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh tour itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Blenheim Palace. St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to The Mary Rose in Portsmouth (about 1h 50 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our London day trip planning app.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. March in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
Louvre Museum and Chateau de Fontainebleau will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, and examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Musée Marc Chagall and Reserve Biologique des Monts d'Azur. Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Base Nature Francois Leotard.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Nice is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and CosmoCaixa Barcelona. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol) (in Pubol), Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt (in Santa Coloma de Cervello) and La Fageda d'en Jorda (in Olot). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, admire the masterpieces at Joan Miro Foundation, take a stroll through El Born, and don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip tool.

Fly from Nice to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and The Walls of Avila. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcazar of Segovia and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia), Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza (in Siguenza) and Plaza mayor de Chinchon (in Chinchon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, steep yourself in history at Museo Cerralbo, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Madrid vacation planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Capela dos Ossos. Let the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian capture your imagination. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Capela Das Aparicoes (in Fatima) and Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and get engrossed in the history at Igreja de Sao Roque.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour planning site.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Madrid in March, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Havana.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:

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Havana, Cuba

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Popular historic sites such as Old Square (Plaza Vieja) and Old Havana are in your itinerary. Malecón of Havana and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Fort San Salvador (Castillo De San Salvador De La Punta), and pause for some photo ops at Neptune Statue.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Havana online holiday maker.

Getting from Lisbon to Havana by flight takes about 14.5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon to Havana, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect Havana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

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Seoul, South Korea

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
On the 6th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, and then browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple, then admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seoul Museum of History.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Havana to Seoul in 21 hours. Traveling from Havana to Seoul, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Havana in April, with highs in Seoul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

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Kyoto, Japan

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

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Getting from Seoul to Kyoto by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

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Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Appreciate the collections at The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Heaven, steep yourself in history at Gong Wang Fu, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Beijing in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

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Baku, Azerbaijan

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heydar Mosque.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Baku trip planning site.

Getting from Beijing to Baku by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Baku is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Beijing, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Baku, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Baku

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:

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Tbilisi, Georgia

On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Art Palace of Georgia-Museum of Cultural History, see the interesting displays at Open Air Museum of Ethnography, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, then examine the collection at Tbilisi Auto Museum, and finally examine the collection at J.Stalin's Underground Printing House Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tbilisi trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Baku to Tbilisi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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Minsk, Belarus

As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of All Saints, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, stroll around Loshitskiy Park, then examine the collection at Belarusian Folk Museum of Architecture and Rural Life, then learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archcathedral Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Minsk online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Minsk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tbilisi to Minsk is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tbilisi in April: high temperatures in Minsk hover around 13°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 16th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Red Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Square, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye, and finally admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Minsk to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The State Hermitage Museum. Visit Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens for their historical value. Take a break from St. Petersburg with a short trip to WindTunnel FlyStation in Kuzmolovsky, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Catherine Palace and Park, contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and get engrossed in the history at Petrovskaya Aquatoria Museum-Model of St. Petersburg and Suburbs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip builder site.

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of Hephaestus and Acropolis of Athens. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Archaeological Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens. Venture out of the city with trips to Lion Gate (in Mycenae), Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Dasoktima Tatoiou (in Acharnes). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Poseidon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and visit Anafiotika.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Athens takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Athens. In April, Athens is much warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Contemporary History. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, and finally explore the historical opulence of Škofja Loka Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Athens to Ljubljana takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Athens in April, with highs in Ljubljana at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Spain travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Cuba travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Azerbaijan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Churches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.

Belarus travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Slovenia travel guide

4.3
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.