18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read London holiday planner.

Vancouver, Canada to London is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Venice.
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Nightlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours
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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 15th (Sun): take a stroll through Dorsoduro, explore the world behind art at Ca' Rezzonico, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from London to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Venice is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Venice are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You will leave for Florence on the 16th (Mon).
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): wander the streets of Piazza della Repubblica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get some fabulous bargains at Jimmy's Leather Collection, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January in Rome, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Parc du Mont Boron, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll set off for Saint-Tropez on the 22nd (Sun).
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Saint-Tropez, France — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, and then learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema. On the next day, stop by Rondini, stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle, walk around Sentier du Littoral, then see the vivid underwater world at Le Cap Lardier, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in January, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Saint-Tropez. You'll set off for Marseille on the 24th (Tue).
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Les Docks Village. Appreciate the collections at Musee Regards de Provence and Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Cassis (Calanque d'En-Vau & Bestouan Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. You'll set off for Porto on the 26th (Thu).
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Side Trip
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then do a tasting at Pocas Vinhos, and finally learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Porto route planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marseille to Porto. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Lisbon.
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Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping
Side Trip
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa and then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally take a stroll through Parque das Nacoes.

To plan Lisbon vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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