22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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Leon, Spain
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Bus to Biarritz, Fly to Arles
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Arles, France
— 2 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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La Croix-Valmer, France
— 1 night
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Cannes, France
— 1 night
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Antibes, France
— 1 night
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Vence, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Sanremo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Leon, Spain

— 1 night
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a stroll through Plaza San Martin and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Del Grano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo Casa Botines Gaudi.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Leon online visit planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Leon is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in September: high temperatures in Leon hover around 28°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Bilbao, Spain

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Begona, and then steep yourself in history at La Ribera Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bilbao trip planner.

You can drive from Leon to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Leon in September, Bilbao is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Miramar Palace, then kick back and relax at Ondarreta Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at San Telmo Museoa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de Zarautz, contemplate the long history of Historic Center of Hondarribia, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia road trip website.

Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Arles.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Arles, France

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Tour Magne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arles online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Arles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. September in Arles sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, and then contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach, then contemplate the long history of Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Carbonniere.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marseille road trip website.

You can drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

La Croix-Valmer, France

— 1 night
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, then kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Vergeron.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Marseille to La Croix-Valmer by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in La Croix-Valmer can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Cannes, France

— 1 night

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, then pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cannes travel planning website.

Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Antibes, France

— 1 night

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 13th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and then identify plant and animal life at Easy Dive.

Start your trip to Antibes by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Antibes is just a short distance from Cannes. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vence.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Vence, France

— 1 night
Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.Ecclesiastical historyThe first known Bishop of Vence is Severus, bishop in 439 and perhaps as early as 419.Among others are: St. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, savor the flavors at Azur Wine Tours, and then steep yourself in history at Ville medieval.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Vence holiday planning site.

You can drive from Antibes to Vence in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. September in Vence sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Vence

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice online visit planner.

Drive from Vence to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Nice sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Casino Square, contemplate the long history of Vieux Monaco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then browse the exhibits of The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and finally step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo trip planner.

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. In September, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sanremo.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Sanremo, Italy

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Albenga and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Cervo. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Old Bussana (Bussana Vecchia) and then examine the collection at Museo dell'Olivo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sanremo trip website.

Getting from Monte-Carlo to Sanremo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, daytime highs in Sanremo are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Sanremo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, then contemplate the long history of Porta Soprana, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, then admire the striking features of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, and finally explore the historical opulence of D'Albertis Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Genoa online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sanremo to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Genoa sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore and then get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola.

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Take a train from Genoa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in September, Cinque Terre is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.