18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
3
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
4
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
train + Fly:  11​h 15​min
8
Granada, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik online trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Reykjavik is 8 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Reykjavik hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rosslyn Chapel and Stirling Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Wallace Monument and Royal Yacht Britannia. The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Reykjavik to Edinburgh in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in September: highs in Edinburgh hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Stirling, Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
National Wallace Monument ©
National Wallace Monument
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

1
night
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lindos trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Edinburgh to Lindos in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Lindos. Traveling from Edinburgh in September, things will get much warmer in Lindos: highs are around 83°F and lows about 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos

2
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio and Duomo di Cefalu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tempio di Segesta and Duomo di Monreale. Explore Palermo's surroundings by going to Cefalu Coast (in Cefalu), Chiesa di Santa Maria di Gesu (in Gratteri) and Castello di Isnello (in Isnello). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Palermo trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Palermo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lindos to Palermo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cefalu, Chiesa di Santa Maria di Gesu, Castello di Isnello, Tempio di Segesta, Duomo di Monreale
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Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Tempio di Segesta ©
Tempio di Segesta
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ©
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Florence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella ©
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di San Galgano, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Geburtshaus des San Galgano, and then make a trip to Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Siena online tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Siena, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiusdino, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Torre del Mangia ©
Torre del Mangia
Propositura di San Michele Arcangelo ©

1
night
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Assisi sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Assisi, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites
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1
night
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a stroll through Albayzin, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Carrera del Darro and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Granada route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Assisi to Granada takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Generalife ©
Generalife

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