18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

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. Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro), Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats (in Riudellots de la Selva) and Parc de Les Olors del Serrat (in Santa Eulalia de Ronsana). 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, Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats, CRAM Fundacion Para La Conservacion y Recuperacion de Animales Marinos, Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
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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

Corfu Donkey Rescue, Achilleion Museum, Mavroudis Family Museum and Modern Olive Oil Press, Scuba & Snorkeling, Donkey Farm
Highlights from your plan
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 Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tsambika Beach, Ancient Kamiros
Highlights from your plan
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
Highlights from your plan
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 Pantheon and Cupola di San Pietro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roman Forum and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Change things up with a short trip to Ruderi di Camerata Vecchia in Camerata Nuova (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online travel route planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Heraklion to Rome is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Ruderi di Camerata Vecchia, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Highlights from your plan
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 Chateau de Fontainebleau. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee de l'Orangerie 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: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in May; daily highs in Paris reach 64°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

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

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