26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
4
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tower of London, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, explore the galleries of Churchill War Rooms, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the London holiday maker tool .

Vancouver, Canada to London is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of York City Walls, take in the spiritual surroundings of York Minster, and then don't miss a visit to York Shambles.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our York online visit planner .

You can take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in York can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
York Minster ©
York Minster
York Shambles ©
York Shambles

4
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Acropolis of Lindos and Campochiaro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Tsambika Beach and Anthony Quinn Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Lindos (Agios Pavlos Beach (Saint Paul) & Lindos Beach). On the 7th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Faliraki Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rhodes Town holiday planner .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from York to Rhodes Town in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from York to Rhodes Town due to the time zone difference. While traveling from York, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Rhodes Town, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lindos, Faliraki, Tsambika Beach, Campochiaro
Highlights from your plan
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Acropolis of Lindos ©
Acropolis of Lindos
Tsambika Beach ©
Tsambika Beach

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Episkopi Beach and Rethymnon Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Glika Nera Beach and Skinaria Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Damnoni Beach in Plakias (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Gerani Beach and contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, Episkopi Beach, Gerani Beach, Glika Nera Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Glika Nera Beach ©
Glika Nera Beach
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 14th (Sun), take a stroll through Plaka, then steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the next day, examine the collection at Acropolis Museum and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens visit planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rethymnon to Athens in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

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

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.
Vatican Museums and Colosseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St. Peter's Basilica and Villa Adriana are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the striking features of Pantheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome day trip planner .

Getting from Athens to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Siena Cathedral and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uffizi Galleries and Galleria dell'Accademia. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence tour planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

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 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and then make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice journey planning site .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

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

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Île de la Cité. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online journey maker .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Paris is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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