15 days in Europe & Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Europe & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 day
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Oia, Greece
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Delphi, Greece
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
7
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, stroll through Casa de Campo, delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in September, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

1
day
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, thenlearn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion tour builder tool.

You can fly from Madrid to Heraklion in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Heraklion when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Heraklion

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Natural History Museum of Crete

1
night
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
On the 10th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, look for gifts at Eponymo, look for gifts at Aquamarine Jewelry, thenmake a trip to Sunset in Oia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Oia using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Heraklion to Oia takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Oia

Nature Parks Shopping
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Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

1
day
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Trinity, thendelve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo In Delphi, thendelve into the distant past at Delphi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Delphi road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Oia to Delphi in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Traveling from Oia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Delphi, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church of the Holy Trinity
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Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Plaka, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip website.

Traveling by car from Delphi to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Delphi in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and gain insight at La Sorbonne.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Paris takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in September, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), thenexplore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), thenexplore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City driving holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Mexico City takes 16 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. September in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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