21 days in Europe & Canada Itinerary

21 days in Europe & Canada Itinerary

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21 days in Europe & Canada Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
7
Vancouver, Canada
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Plaka and pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens road trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. In June, Athens is warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site .

Getting from Athens to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monumento a Dante Alighieri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence trip maker app .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Venice journey builder app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through L'Eixample District, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip maker site .

You can fly from Venice to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Madrid day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in June, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Museum of Anthropology and Granville Island Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Granville Island and VanDusen Botanical Garden. And it doesn't end there: walk around Stanley Park, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Wreck Beach, and stroll through Kitsilano Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vancouver online attractions planner .

You can fly from Madrid to Vancouver in 16 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Vancouver is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Madrid in June, things will get slightly colder in Vancouver: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Outdoors Shopping
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Museum of Anthropology ©
Museum of Anthropology

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