40 days in Paris, Bucharest & Thessaloniki Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 19 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 9 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Paris, France — 19 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Cathedrale Saint Louis, The Hall of Mirrors, &more), Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Reims (Reve de couleurs Reims, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Bucharest.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
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Bucharest, Romania — 9 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Step out of Bucharest to go to Otopeni and see Lotus Spa Otopeni, which is approximately 32 minutes away. On the 14th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei).

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bucharest trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Bucharest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get little chillier in Bucharest: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 11 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Thessaloniki: Litochoro (Zilnia viewpoint & Mountain Trail Litochoro - Prionia), Sidirokastro (Fort Roupel & Melidou Winery) and Vyroneia Train Station (in Serres). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, delve into the lush surroundings at Elatias Forest, and examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Thessaloniki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Thessaloniki is a bit warmer than Bucharest - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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