26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Madrid
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
Drive
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Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palermo, Italy
— 1 night
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Monreale, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Cefalu, Italy
— 1 night
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Drive to Falcone–Borsellino Airport, Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Drive to Hydra
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Hydra, Greece
— 1 night
Drive to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Fly to Santorini Airport
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), stroll around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid travel itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Ottawa in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Calleja del Panuelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, make a trip to Patios de Cordoba, then wander the streets of Jewish Quarter (Juderia), and finally don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of Cordoba. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

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Take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect nights in Cordoba to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Granada, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, then step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, and then make a trip to Carrera del Darro.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cordoba to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Granada, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona journey maker.

You can fly from Granada to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Granada in May: highs in Barcelona hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome online trip maker.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Palermo, Italy

— 1 night
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Norman Palace, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe dei Cappuccini, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, and finally make a trip to Quattro Canti.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Palermo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Palermo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monreale.

Things to do in Palermo

Tours · Historic Sites

Monreale, Italy

— 1 night
Monreale is a town and comune in the province of Palermo, in Sicily, Italy. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiostro dei Benedettini.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monreale trip planner.

Drive from Palermo to Monreale in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cefalu.

Things to do in Monreale

Historic Sites

Cefalu, Italy

— 1 night
Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70km east of the provincial capital and 185km west of Messina. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Lavatoio Medievale, look for gifts at Enoteca le Petit Tonneau, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocca di Cefalu, then explore the world behind art at Museo Mandralisca, then steep yourself in history at Duomo di Cefalu, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cefalu road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monreale to Cefalu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hydra.

Things to do in Cefalu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Hydra, Greece

— 1 night
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Profitis Ilias Monastery Hydra, then explore by horseback at Harriets Hydra Horses, then explore the world behind art at Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandraki Resort Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hydra tour itinerary maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cefalu to Hydra. The time zone difference when traveling from Cefalu to Hydra is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Hydra are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Hydra

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for wineries, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, do a tasting at Boutari Winery, contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fira trip itinerary app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hydra to Fira. In May, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Berlin tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Athens to Berlin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens to Berlin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), don't miss a visit to De Nieuwe Kerk, make a trip to Anne Frank House, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.