52 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

52 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

Make it your trip
Train to New York JFK, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ibiza Town, Spain
— 5 nights
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Drive to Ibiza Airport, Fly to Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Drive to Gouvia
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Gouvia, Greece
— 3 nights
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Drive to Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Fly to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Drive to Heraklion
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 3 nights
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Drive to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Fly to Kefallinia Airport, Drive to Svoronata
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Svoronata, Greece
— 3 nights
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Tsilivi (Planos), Greece
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 4th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco online trip builder.

Hartford, USA to Cusco is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. When traveling from Hartford in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cusco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip maker app.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Buenos Aires.
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Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 nights

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires route planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 6 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro road trip app.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 78°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ibiza Town.
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Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Ibiza Town, Spain — 5 nights

As the island’s largest city and most-visited site, Ibiza is famous for its electric nightlife and lively Mediterranean culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ibiza Town: Cala Codolar (in Sant Josep de Sa Talaia) and Platja de ses Salines (in Ses Salines). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castell de Eivissa, wander the streets of Dalt Vila, get outside with Navegar en Formentera, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Beach Ibiza.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ibiza Town road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Ibiza Town takes 17.5 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Ibiza Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: highs in Ibiza Town hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Gouvia.
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Side Trips

Gouvia, Greece — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Gouvia: Agios Spyridonas (St. Spyridon First Beach & Foresta Nisos).

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gouvia trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ibiza Town to Gouvia. The time zone difference when traveling from Ibiza Town to Gouvia is 1 hour. Traveling from Ibiza Town in July, you will find days in Gouvia are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece — 2 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum of Crete, and then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then meet the residents at CRETAquarium, then see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Heraklion tour app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gouvia to Heraklion. While traveling from Gouvia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Heraklion, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Fira.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Fira, Greece — 5 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fira route planner.

Ride a ferry from Heraklion to Fira in 2.5 hours. July in Fira sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Greece — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Delos (House of Dionysus & Archaeological Museum of Delos). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Little Venice, examine the collection at Aegean Maritime Museum, see some colorful creatures with GoDive Mykonos PADI Diving Resort, and stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mykonos Town trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 5 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Monastiraki, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mykonos Town in August: highs in Athens hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nafplio.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Nafplio, Greece — 3 nights

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Nafplio is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, see where the action happens at The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, and contemplate the long history of Bourtzi.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nafplio tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nafplio, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Svoronata.
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Side Trips

Svoronata, Greece — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Svoronata: Kefalonia Wine Tour (in Omala), Kaminia Beach (in Eleios-Pronnoi) and Fishing Tourism Kefalonia Dimitrios-Efthimia (in Katelios).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Svoronata day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nafplio to Svoronata. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nafplio in August since evenings lows in Svoronata dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tsilivi (Planos).
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Tours · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife
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Tsilivi (Planos), Greece — 4 nights

A growing favorite with international vacationers, Tsilivi sits on the northern coast of Zakynthos.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsilivi (Planos): Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) (in Anafonitria), Renata Boat (in Alykanas) and Goumas Estate - Art & Wine Winery (in Maries). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Holistic Heaven, learn and have fun at Hanne Mi.S.Ceramic Art Studio, kick back and relax at Banana Beach, and stroll through Alykes Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tsilivi (Planos) road trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Svoronata to Tsilivi (Planos) takes 4.5 hours. August in Tsilivi (Planos) sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Argentina travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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Ibiza travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Outdoor Activities
Famous for its vibrant nightlife and numerous near-perfect beaches, Ibiza also features a rustic countryside few casual visitors ever get to see. Seaside festivals offer a convenient opportunity to soak up lots of local culture, but for a taste of genuine island life try to get away from the overcrowded tourist spots along the most popular sections of the coast. Though for many visitors Ibiza remains synonymous with endless raves on the waterfront, savvier travelers explore the island’s unspoiled northeast, which is covered by thick pine forests and olive groves. Away from the jostling tourist crowds you can experience the island’s lesser-known charms, including quiet wooded trails, secluded bays, and outstanding vineyards.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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