26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Granada, Spain
— 5 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 4 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castillo de Gibralfaro and Puerto de Málaga. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Chapel of Granada and Mirador de San Nicolas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Port of the Ragua (in Laroles), Restaurante la Cantina del Ingenio (in Frigiliana) and Malaga (Malaga Cathedral, Alcazaba, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Fundación Cueva de Nerja, wander the streets of Calle Elvira, get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin, and make a trip to Carrera del Darro.

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Ottawa, Canada to Granada is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Granada is 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in January: high temperatures in Granada hover around 14°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Valencia, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de la Virgen and Valencia Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peniscola Castle and Bufador. Explore Valencia's surroundings by going to Benidorm (El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm & Playa de Levante), Museo del juguete (in Ibi) and Peniscola (Parroquia Santa Maria & Portal Fosc). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, admire the striking features of Central Market of Valencia, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanografic Valencia, and explore the galleries of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Valencia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Granada in January: high temperatures in Valencia hover around 20°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille tour planning app.

Getting from Valencia to Marseille by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Valencia in January, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary planning app.

Fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in January, expect nights in Lyon to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Escape the urban bustle at Gradac Park and Trsteno Arboretum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sponza Palace and Pile Gate. Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Lokrum Visitor Center, take a stroll through Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Maritime Museum, and make a trip to Square Poljana R. Boskovica.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Dubrovnik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. January in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Peter's Square and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and St. Clement Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio), Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Chiesa di San Salvatore (in Vasanello). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Storico and Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Pisa and Torre del Mangia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Pisa (Battistero di San Giovanni & Leaning Tower of Pisa), Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Duomo di Modena. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello Estense and Basilica di San Petronio. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Bologna (Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, Piazza Maggiore, &more), Chiesa di San Gregorio Magno (in Ferrara) and Villa Patella detta del Doge (in Villadose). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Palazzo Te, experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

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.