18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Erbil, Iraq
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Erbil, Iraq

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and then revel in the low prices at Outlet Aubonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d' Allaman and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva driving holiday planning tool .

Erbil, Iraq to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Erbil in August; daily highs in Geneva reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Chateau d' Allaman, Outlet Aubonne
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage Du Grazel and Musee Berenger Sauniere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Domaine La Prade Mari (in Aigne), Spas (in Ax-les-Thermes) and Horreum romain (in Narbonne). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at lac de Montbel and wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner .

Getting from Geneva to Carcassonne by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

lac de Montbel, Musee Berenger Sauniere, Horreum romain, Spas, Domaine La Prade Mari
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Plage Du Grazel ©
Plage Du Grazel
Domaine La Prade Mari ©
Domaine La Prade Mari
Spas

4
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Poniente Beach and Jardi del Turia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valencia: Benidorm (Playa de Levante & El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm) and Peniscola Castle (in Peniscola). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Valencia itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Carcassonne to Valencia by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valencia when traveling from Carcassonne in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Benidorm, Peniscola Castle
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Playa de Levante ©
Playa de Levante
Poniente Beach ©
Poniente Beach
El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm ©
El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Pietro in Vincoli and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome journey planning tool .

Fly from Valencia to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro)
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Trastevere ©
Trastevere
San Pietro in Vincoli ©
San Pietro in Vincoli

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Le mura di Lucca. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Pisa, Le mura di Lucca, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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