15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Salerno, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + Subway:  6 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 1 day
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
6
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Venice, Italy

Venice
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 25th (Fri): explore the activities along Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Venice travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 27th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, and then contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Salerno.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Salerno, Italy

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and then do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salerno route site .

Take a train from Rome to Salerno in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in May, Salerno is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

1
day
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 1st (Fri), appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Athens sightseeing tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Salerno to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Salerno to Athens. When traveling from Salerno in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Athens, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Gerani Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Episkopi Beach, and then wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town. On the next day, stroll through Small Triopetra Beach and then kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rethymnon itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Athens to Rethymnon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gerani Beach, Episkopi Beach, Agios Pavlos beach, Small Triopetra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Agios Pavlos beach ©
Agios Pavlos beach

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri and then stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia and then enjoy the sand and surf at KAMARA BEACH.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oia holiday builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Rethymnon to Oia in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Oia

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Perissa Black Sand Beach, Akrotiri, Kamari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

1
day
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Oia to Barcelona in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Oia to Barcelona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Jeronimos Monastery, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in June since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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