21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 1 day
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Spain
— 1 night
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Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 1 day
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Athens, Greece

— 1 day

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 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Athens online tour itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in June: high temperatures in Athens hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Explore hidden gems such as Suleymaniye Cami and Topkapi Palace. Kids will enjoy Hagia Sophia Mosque and Dolmabahce Palace. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, examine the collection at Pera Museum, and steep yourself in history at Serefiye Sarnici.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Istanbul travel planner.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul. Traveling from Athens in June, expect Istanbul to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Placa d'Espanya, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Ciutadella Park. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Bunker del Carmel, stroll around Parc Guell, cast your line with a fishing tour, then contemplate the long history of Ciutat Vella, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planning site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Barcelona in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
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Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Attractions like Food Tours and Paseo del Prado make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Parque Europa in Torrejon De Ardoz, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Palacio de Cibeles, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta de Alcala, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 9th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Les Visites du Campo Bravo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally take in the views from Puente de Isabel II (Puente de Triana).

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Seville trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Madrid to Seville by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
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Granada, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, admire the striking features of Patio de los Leones, then get a dose of the wild on Granadaways, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Seville to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Granada, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

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Cordoba, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 11th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, then make a trip to Los Patios de San Basilio, then wander the wide-open spaces of Entre Toros y Caballos, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Palacio de la Merced, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, then explore the world behind art at Museo del Guadameci Omeya. Exposicion de Ramon Garcia Romero y Jose Carlos V. Garcia, then make a trip to Cairuan Street, and finally examine the collection at Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cordoba journey maker site.

Traveling by train from Granada to Cordoba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in July, you will find days in Cordoba are a bit warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Malaga.

Things to do in Cordoba

Side Trip

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Malaga, Spain

— 3 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de los Martires, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Historico La Concepcion, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Malagueta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): explore the galleries of Alcazaba, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Picasso Malaga, and finally contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral.

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

Take a train from Cordoba to Malaga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Malaga, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 1 day

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Villa Borghese, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Malaga to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.