17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly
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Elounda, Greece
— 1 night
Drive
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Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Kissamos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Elafonissi, Greece
— 1 night
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Kids will enjoy Parc Guell and La Boqueria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: S'Agaro (Camino de Ronda & San Pol Beach), Ermita Sant Grau d'Ardenya (in Tossa de Mar) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, stop by Sanovation Barcelona, and kick back and relax at La playa de Tamariu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip builder.

Newark, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In July, daytime highs in Barcelona are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Elounda.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Elounda, Greece

— 1 night
Long a sleepy fishing settlement on Crete's northern coastline, Elounda today serves as a major travel destination, drawing vacationers with a blend of unspoiled natural scenery and luxury resorts.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Archaia Poli tis Lato, see what you can catch with Elounda Boat Cruises, and then contemplate the long history of Fortress Spinalonga.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Elounda day trip planning site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Elounda in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Barcelona to Elounda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Elounda, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Heraklion.

Things to do in Elounda

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Heraklion, Greece

— 2 nights
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.
On the 5th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, then learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally stop by Nerium Oleander. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium, examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello del Molo (Koules).

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Heraklion online trip planner.

Getting from Elounda to Heraklion by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Kissamos.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Kissamos, Greece

— 2 nights
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
On the 7th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, step into the grandiose world of Kastro Gramvoussas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Afrata Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at Sklopa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach, and then surround yourself with nature on Sailing In Crete - Fantasia Sailing Boat.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kissamos tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Kissamos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Kissamos are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Elafonissi.

Things to do in Kissamos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Elafonissi, Greece

— 1 night
Located just off Crete's southwestern corner, Elafonissi offers an alternative vacation idea for those looking to avoid the larger, more crowded Greek islands.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Elafonissi Beach and then trek along Elafonisi Viewpoint.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Elafonissi trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kissamos to Elafonissi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Elafonissi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails
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Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptisterium Riva San Vitale, delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, then examine the collection at Museo Della Civilta Contadina, and finally make a trip to Centro storico Gandria.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lugano visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Elafonissi to Lugano in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Elafonissi to Lugano. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Elafonissi in August; daily highs in Lugano reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Visit Duomo di Milano and Piazza delle Erbe for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Museo di Castelvecchio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Arena di Verona, &more) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Milan visit app.

Getting from Lugano to Milan by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. August in Milan sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Milan

Side Trips

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Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.