18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Alghero, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Athens, Greece
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Castelo de S. Jorge and Quinta da Regaleira. Explore hidden gems such as Alfama and Vasco da Gama Bridge. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Parque das Nacoes, make a trip to Belém Tower, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lisbon journey planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Lisbon is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Miramar Palace and Castillo de la Mota. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Concha Beach and Ondarreta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Historic Center of Hondarribia in Hondarribia (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Parte Vieja, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, explore the world behind art at San Telmo Museoa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Zurriola Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to San Sebastian - Donostia in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to San Sebastian - Donostia is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in San Sebastian - Donostia hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Alghero, Italy

— 2 nights

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Pelosa Beach and Spiaggia Rena Majore. Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju and Basilica San Gavino are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cattedrale di San Nicola (in Sassari) and IL KIOSCO BEACH STINTINO (in Stintino). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Maria Pia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco, and learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Alghero online trip builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Alghero in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Alghero. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Alghero

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the ancient world of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then kick back and relax at Moai Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Getting from Alghero to Rome by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Athena Nike, and finally delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, then visit Plaka, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. July in Athens sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

Sardinia travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.