18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Heraklion, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Joan Miro Foundation and Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro), Parc de Les Olors del Serrat (in Santa Eulalia de Ronsana) and Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats (in Riudellots de la Selva). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Vila Vella (Old Town), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermita Sant Grau d'Ardenya, admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Barcelona vacation planner.

Chicago, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Barcelona, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tossa de Mar, Camino de Ronda, Parc de Les Olors del Serrat, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, CRAM Fundacion Para La Conservacion y Recuperacion de Animales Marinos
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Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey ©
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
On the 19th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of New Fortress, identify plant and animal life at Corfu Donkey Rescue, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Achilleion Museum. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, identify plant and animal life at Donkey Farm, and then see the interesting displays at Mavroudis Family Museum and Modern Olive Oil Press.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Corfu Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Corfu Town is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Achilleion Museum, Corfu Donkey Rescue, Scuba & Snorkeling, Donkey Farm, Mavroudis Family Museum and Modern Olive Oil Press
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Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art

2
nights
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ancient Kamiros, then kick back and relax at Tsambika Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agios Pavlos Beach.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Lindos tour itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Corfu Town to Lindos in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lindos when traveling from Corfu Town in May, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ancient Kamiros, Tsambika Beach
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Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Acropolis of Lindos ©
Acropolis of Lindos
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, and then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Knossos.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip builder tool.

Getting from Lindos to Heraklion by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In May in Heraklion, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Palace of Knossos
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roman Forum and Cupola di San Pietro. Venture out of the city with trips to Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Ruderi di Camerata Vecchia (in Camerata Nuova). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Heraklion to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Vatican City, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Ruderi di Camerata Vecchia
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Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups in Chatenay-Malabry--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel planner.

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 64°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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