21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
2
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h
4
Oia, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  9​h
5
Agrigento, Italy
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Syracuse, Italy
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + Fly + bus:  7​h
7
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
9
Alcudia, Spain
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lindisfarne Priory and Stirling Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh tour itinerary planner .

Cardiff to Edinburgh is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cardiff in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Edinburgh, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Stirling Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Lindisfarne Priory ©
Lindisfarne Priory
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

1
night
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 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Feraklos Castle and then kick back and relax at Agios Pavlos Beach. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lindos trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Edinburgh to Lindos in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in September, things will get much hotter in Lindos: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Feraklos Castle
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Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach
Feraklos Castle ©
Feraklos Castle
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kournas, and then take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Ombros Gialos Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ammoudaki Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rethymnon online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Rethymnon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Lindos in September, Rethymnon is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ammoudaki Beach, Ombros Gialos Beach, Lake Kournas
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Lake Kournas ©
Lake Kournas
Monastery of Arkadi ©
Monastery of Arkadi
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

2
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, learn about winemaking at Santo Winery, and then get great views at Sunset in Oia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and then explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oia day trip app .

Getting from Rethymnon to Oia by ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Oia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Agrigento.

Things to do in Oia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Santo Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

1
day
Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento ©
Historically one of ancient Greece's leading cities, Sicily's Agrigento is home to the seven monumental temples that make up the well-preserved Valley of the Temples.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Valle dei Templi.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Agrigento trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Oia to Agrigento in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oia to Agrigento. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Agrigento

Historic Sites
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Valle dei Templi ©
Valle dei Templi

2
nights
Syracuse, Italy

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Centro Storico and then head off the coast to Ortigia. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Tonnara di Marzamemi, then Head underground at Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Syracuse Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Syracuse driving holiday app .

Drive from Agrigento to Syracuse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Siena.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Centro Storico, Tonnara di Marzamemi
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia
Syracuse Cathedral ©
Syracuse Cathedral
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Abbazia di San Galgano. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Siena tour itinerary website .

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Syracuse to Siena in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in Siena sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Torre del Mangia ©
Torre del Mangia
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Pisa and Battistero. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Piazza dei Miracoli). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and shop like a local with Mercato Centrale.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary site .

Take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alcudia.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pisa, Le mura di Lucca
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Battistero ©
Battistero

2
nights
Alcudia, Spain

Alcudia ©
Alcúdia is a municipality and township of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Explore hidden gems such as Playa de Alcudia and Passeig des Born. Change things up with these side-trips from Alcudia: Cap de Formentor (in Formentor) and Palma de Mallorca (Castell de Bellver & Catedral de Mallorca). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Muro and wander the streets of Alcudia Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Alcudia trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florence to Alcudia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in Alcudia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alcudia

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Palma de Mallorca, Cap de Formentor, Playa de Muro
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Playa de Muro ©
Playa de Muro
Playa de Alcudia ©
Playa de Alcudia
Cap de Formentor ©
Cap de Formentor

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