26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry to Split, Fly to Venice
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lampedusa, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Kupari and then stroll through Zarkovica Animal Shelter. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Lokrum Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Sveti Jakov Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, and finally don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik route planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Dubrovnik is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Dubrovnik at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Hvar.
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Hvar, Croatia — 3 nights

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Explore hidden gems such as Spanish Fortress and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Jerolim, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, stroll through Mekicevica Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hvar Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hvar road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Hvar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, don't miss a visit to Torre dell'Orologio, then admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Hvar to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hvar in August, Venice is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Lampedusa.
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Lampedusa, Italy — 1 night

Italy's southernmost territory, Lampedusa, is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and island charm.
On the 14th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia dei Conigli, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then head outdoors with Mare Morto.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lampedusa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Lampedusa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Venice in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Lampedusa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

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 15th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Constantino, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, take in the views from St. Angelo Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, then don't miss a visit to Welcome To Rome, and finally ponder the design of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rome vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Lampedusa to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Lampedusa in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Duomo di Siena and Torre del Mangia. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni), Centro Storico di Siena (in Siena) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Florence itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vila Vella (Old Town) and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols) and Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, walk around Ciutadella Park, and take a stroll through Barri de Gracia.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Maspalomas.
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Maspalomas, Spain — 2 nights

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Gran Massage - Massage Gran Canaria Maspalomas Playa del Ingles, experience the excitement of Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria, then take in the dramatic natural features at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Maspalomas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Palmitos Park, then discover the deep blue sea with Canary Diving Adventures, and then make a trip to Anfi Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Maspalomas holiday maker.

Fly from Barcelona to Maspalomas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Maspalomas is minus 1 hour. In August in Maspalomas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Arco do Triunfo. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sesimbra (Castelo de Sesimbra & Cabo Espichel). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planning site.

Getting from Maspalomas to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Maspalomas in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Lisbon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Yacht Britannia and Food Tours. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and see the interesting displays at The Chocolatarium.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh route planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Edinburgh in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for colder days in Edinburgh, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
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.
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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.
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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.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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