26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nice, France
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  8​h 15​min
4
Amalfi, Italy
— 2 nights
subway + train:  3​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
9
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
10
Skala, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Corfu Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Kansas City, United States

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at Prado National Museum, then walk around Retiro Park, then take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, and finally wander the streets of Gran Via. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner .

Kansas City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
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 23rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona route website .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
St Nicholas Cathedral ©
St Nicholas Cathedral

2
nights
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Capo di Conca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, sample the fine beverages at Il Gusto della Costa, then kick back and relax at Fornillo, and finally kick back and relax at Bagni d'Arienzo.

Before you visit Amalfi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Nice to Amalfi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, Amalfi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Amalfi

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Positano, Ravello, Lido Capo di Conca, Il Gusto della Costa
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, take a stroll through Trastevere, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome route planner.

Do a combination of subway and train from Amalfi to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Amalfi in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crypt of Santa Reparata, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the activities along Canal Grande, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

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

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
On the 4th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then learn about winemaking at Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A., then examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach. On your second day here, ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, enjoy the sea views from Akrotiri LightHouse, then learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and finally stroll through Red Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Akrotiri day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Akrotiri takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Akrotiri is 1 hour. Traveling from Venice in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Akrotiri, with lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Heraklion.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tomato Industrial Museum, Boutari Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Boutari Winery ©
Boutari Winery

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then stop by Irida Family Workshop, and finally contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then kick back and relax at Ligaria Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agia Pelagia Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Heraklion visit app .

Getting from Akrotiri to Heraklion by ferry takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Heraklion are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Skala.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Agia Pelagia, The Palace of Knossos
Highlights from your plan
The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Skala, Greece

Skala ©
Mass tourism has transformed the once-sleepy village of Skala into a modern seaside resort, its major attraction a well-developed beach that happens to be one of the longest and sandiest on the island of Cephalonia.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for gifts at Mandola Concept Store, then take an in-depth tour of Roman Villa of Skala, then kick back and relax at Skala Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kaminia Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Argo Daily Cruises, then explore the historical opulence of St George's Castle, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Drogarati Cave.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Skala day trip app .

You can fly from Heraklion to Skala in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Skala

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Drogarati Cave, Kaminia Beach, St George's Castle
Highlights from your plan
Skala Beach ©
Skala Beach
Argo Daily Cruises ©
Argo Daily Cruises
Drogarati Cave ©
Drogarati Cave

3
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Corfu Donkey Rescue, enjoy the sand and surf at Paleokastritsa Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Achilleion Museum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Spianada Square, explore the ancient world of Old Fortress Corfu, then step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, and finally admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Corfu Town route planner .

You can fly from Skala to Corfu Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. August in Corfu Town sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Paleokastritsa, Achilleion Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu
Corfu Donkey Rescue ©
Corfu Donkey Rescue

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