15 days in Europe & Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Europe & Mexico Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Heraklion, Greece
— 1 day
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 1 night
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Drive to Santorini, Ferry to Piraeus, Drive to Delphi
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Delphi, Greece
— 1 day
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night

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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

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 Plaza Mayor. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Catedral Primada in Toledo--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, walk around Casa de Campo, and delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: highs in Madrid hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Heraklion, Greece

— 1 day
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, then learn 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

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Oia, Greece

— 1 night
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, then make a trip to Sunset in Oia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Heraklion to Oia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. 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 · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Delphi, Greece

— 1 day
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, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo In Delphi, then delve 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 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; 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

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

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 Museum of Cycladic Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Benaki Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus, and don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Delphi in September since evenings lows in Athens dip to 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
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Paris, France

— 2 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, deepen your understanding at La Sorbonne, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and stop by Île de la Cité.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online road trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Paris in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Paris is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 1 night

City of Palaces

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), then explore 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), then explore 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
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

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.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.