32 days in Europe Itinerary

32 days in Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Europe Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Heraklion, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + subway:  2​h 45​min
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Nice, France
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
Vancouver, Canada

2
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 27th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, and then wander the streets of The Jordaan. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

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Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Heraklion.

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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
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Van Gogh Museum

3
days
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Fortress Spinalonga. Get a sense of the local culture at Rethymnon Old Town and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heraklion: Agios Georgios Monastery (in Selinari), The Venetian Fortezza (in Rethymnon) and Eklektos Bookshop (in Elounda). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Palace of Knossos, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Heraklion takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Heraklion. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in Heraklion hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Elounda, Rethymnon, Agios Georgios Monastery, Kazantzakis Museum
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Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a stroll through Plaka, and then don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Athens trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Heraklion to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Heraklion in August, you will find days in Athens are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
days
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, then examine the collection at War Photo Limited, and then delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Vlaho Bukovac House, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, and then head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik travel route planner.

Fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Dubrovnik hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

1
day
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Split travel route builder app .

Take a bus from Dubrovnik to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

2
days
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 8th (Thu): make a trip to St. Mark's Square and then admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Split to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

4
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Siena Cathedral and The Baptistery of St. John. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Campo. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Galleria Borghese and Sistine Chapel will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

4
days
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and VinAzur - Vins de provence. Get some historical perspective at Rue d'Antibes and Palais Lascaris. Change things up with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art ©

5
days
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.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Paris, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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