36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Tours, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Les Baux de Provence, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 night
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Rhodes Town, Greece
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of 6th Arrondissement, then take a stroll through 7eme Arrondissement, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides, and finally wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis, then get to know the fascinating history of Viaduc des Arts, then make a trip to Triumphal Way (Voie Triomphale), and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris visit website.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tours.
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Tours, France — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 4th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Chateau de l'Aulee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame de Riviere, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Ligre, then learn about winemaking at Domaine De La Noblaie, and finally do a tasting at Caves Plouzeau. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint Martin et Tour Charlemagne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Marmoutier, learn about winemaking at Aubert Jean-Claude Et Didier, then do a tasting at Marc Bredif Vouvray - Wine Cave, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hotel Gouin.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tours holiday builder app.

You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then contemplate the long history of Château Margaux, then do a tasting at Chateau Siran, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint Ahon. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac, do a tasting at Chateau Guadet, learn about winemaking at Chateau Soutard, then do a tasting at Chateau Franc Mayne, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Catalunya, then steep yourself in history at Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, then browse the exhibits of Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes, and finally wander the streets of L'Eixample District. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogatell Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona online itinerary planner.

Fly from Bordeaux to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Canaille, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bestouan Beach, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Foreign Legion. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee de l'Aviation, examine the collection at Le Musee de la Moto, then slough off your stress at Spa La Bonne Adresse, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip builder tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marseille, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Les Baux de Provence.
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Les Baux de Provence, France — 2 nights

Les Baux-de-Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon and Le Jardin de Gaston. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mas de la Dame and Cathedrale Des Images. Explore Les Baux de Provence's surroundings by going to Oppidum de Saint-Blaise (in Saint-Mitre-les-Remparts), Etang de l'Olivier (in Istres) and Chateau Mourgues du Gres (in Beaucaire). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee Yves Brayer, stop by Autrefois, relax and rejuvenate at Baumaniere le Spa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Les Baux de Provence trip maker app.

Drive from Marseille to Les Baux de Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et Sainte Alexandra, make a trip to Palais de la Prefecture, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de l'Annonciation dite de Sainte-Rita.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Les Baux de Provence to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Les Baux de Provence in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 3 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Saint Charles Church and Palais de justice de Monaco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at aliceBoat and Monte-Carlo Country Club. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Devote, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino, appreciate the history behind Hector Berlioz Statue, and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Fontvieille.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monte-Carlo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. In September in Monte-Carlo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 day

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Lakes Walk, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stop by Laderach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmot Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt planner.

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Zermatt takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ruine Gesslerburg, hike along Hohle Gasse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, and finally identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Astrid-Kapelle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Meggenhorn, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Geremia e Lucia, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Mocenigo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vidal, make a trip to Campo Santa Margherita, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and finally stop by Santa Croce. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Salvador, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Moise, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally take a tour by water with Like a Venetian.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Badia Fiorentina, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, get engrossed in the history at Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, then examine the collection at Mus.e Firenze Palazzo Vecchio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre di Arnolfo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Giovanni, then get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, and finally take a stroll through Oltrarno.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florence journey planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santo Spirito in Sassia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Parrochiale San Lorenzo in Lucina, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica dei SS. Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, steep yourself in history at Arco di Tito, then make a trip to Trajan's Column, then take a stroll through Ghetto Ebraico, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Colle Aventino.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome travel planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and Brauron Archaeological Site. Escape the urban bustle at Blue Yard Hub and Climbing Tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Stoa of Attalos, take in the exciting artwork at Canvas Greece, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Nicholas, and see the interesting displays at Hellenic Motor Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Athens travel route app.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Greece — 1 night

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum of Crete, identify plant and animal life at Gorge of Mili, awaken your taste buds at Crete Wine Escapes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Four Martyrs Church, and finally look for gifts at Ergastiri Kompologiou. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopoi Nature Park, then relax in the rural setting at Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete, and finally get a new perspective on things with Hippocampus Dive Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rethymnon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Rhodes Town.
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Rhodes Town, Greece — 2 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Annunciation, pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Evaggelismoy ths Theotokoy, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Cultural and Geological Melathro Rhodes.

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Traveling by flight from Rethymnon to Rhodes Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Rhodes Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Greece travel guide

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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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