18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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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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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary builder website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Madrid is 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to Valletta.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Valletta, Malta

— 2 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens, admire the striking features of St. John's Co-Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Casa Rocca Piccola, then admire the natural beauty at Lower Barrakka Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Balluta Square, see some colorful creatures with Corsair Diving Malta, and then appreciate the history behind Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Valletta trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Valletta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and ferry; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

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.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens journey planning site.

Fly from Valletta to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online road trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Athens in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Thessaloniki, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planner.

You can fly from Thessaloniki to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, make a trip to Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French and then delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome holiday maker site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Island of Malta travel guide

4.1
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
As the largest island in the country, Island of Malta is a center for Mediterranean discovery, luxurious relaxation, historical exploration, and buzzing European nightlife. Surrounded by ancient temples and old cities, the island almost feels like an archaeological site that's been converted into a prime vacation spot. Tourists flock here for the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but you don't have to spend all your time on the beach. With a plethora of activities for any type of traveler, you may find yourself exploring a national museum, admiring the collections of boats and yachts in the bays, or people-watching in one of the many bustling squares.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.