16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Valletta, Malta
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Rome, Italy
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Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice visit planning website.

San Diego, USA to Venice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in October: high temperatures in Venice hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Little Church of St. Nicholas (Crkva sv. Nikole), take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Annunciation, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then contemplate the long history of Walls of Dubrovnik, and then admire the striking features of Minceta Fortress.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums
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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Church of Kapnikarea for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Plaka.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, kick back and relax at Red Beach, then don't miss a visit to Three Bells of Fira, and finally view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, step into the grandiose world of Castelli of Pyrgos, and then examine the collection at Cultural Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fira road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valletta.

Things to do in Fira

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Valletta, Malta

— 2 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valletta vacation planner.

Fly from Fira to Valletta in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Fira to Valletta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and Church of St. Louis of the French. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, explore the world behind art at Villa Farnesina, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip planner.

You can fly from Valletta to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valletta in October: high temperatures in Rome hover around 73°F and lows are around 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
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.

Malta travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.