16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Museo Sorolla. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo, pause for some serene contemplation at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and examine the collection at Caixa Forum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Madrid road trip site.

Nashville, USA to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Nashville to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nashville in April: highs in Madrid hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Interlaken.
Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 5th (Tue), admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen and then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, kick back and relax at Schwimmbad Merligen, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Interlaken tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Interlaken takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Madrid in April; daily highs in Interlaken reach 58°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Venice.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
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Venice, Italy — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannaregio and Scala Contarini del Bovolo. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Ca' Rezzonico, explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Interlaken to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, Venice is somewhat warmer than Interlaken - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Athena Nike for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Anafiotika. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Venice to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Athens when traveling from Venice in April, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Fira.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Cultural Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Step out of Fira to go to Akrotiri and see La Ponta, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church Of Candlemas Of The Lord, and step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Pyrgos.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.