18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Reykjavik trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Reykjavik is 5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in August: highs in Reykjavik hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for London.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Museums
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Perlan ©
Perlan

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Houses of Parliament, and finally admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, make a trip to The London Eye, explore the world behind art at Tate Modern, then make a trip to Tower Bridge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London trip planner .

You can fly from Reykjavik to London in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in August: high temperatures in London hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, and then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, then see the interesting displays at Musée Rodin, and then see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris visit planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Porta della Carta, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square and then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Venice hover around 35°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Passeggiata di Gianicolo, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Park Güell, admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, then explore the galleries of El Cafè de la Pedrera, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Barcelona trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, then explore the activities along Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Puerta del Sol, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip site .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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