18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
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 2nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, then stroll through Park Güell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at El Cafè de la Pedrera, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona custom trip planner.

New York City, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, get to know the fascinating history of Plaka District, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally examine the collection at Acropolis Museum.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Perissa Black Sand Beach and Venetsanos Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. When in Fira, make a side trip to see Tomato Industrial Museum in Vlychada, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, and take in the exciting artwork at Ernesto Workshop & Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fira sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Fira

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Oia, Tomato Industrial Museum, Venetsanos Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia

2
nights
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 10th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the galleries of Doges' Palace, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Venice itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Venice. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fira in September: high temperatures in Venice hover around 76°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siena Cathedral and Galleria dell'Accademia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Campo and Tower of Mangia. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. September in Florence sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

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 16th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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