22 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in July: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, browse the exhibits of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then contemplate the long history of Provinciaal Hof, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Bruges trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 4th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen and then find something for the whole family at Phantasialand. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Rheinpromenade, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne online attractions planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Cologne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bruges in July, you will find days in Cologne are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhine Falls, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Venice.
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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 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, take a stroll through Cannaregio, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice online attractions planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Onophrian Fountain, then get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, then head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and finally zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get advice or help at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, then visit Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Dubrovnik takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, wander the streets of Plaka, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online vacation maker.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubrovnik to Athens. In July, Athens is somewhat warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Palermo.
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Palermo, Italy — 3 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Palermo, look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Orientata Bosco della Ficuzza, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, and steep yourself in history at Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Palermo trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Palermo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Athens to Palermo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 18th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Palma Aquarium, kick back and relax at Platja d'es Trenc, then look for gifts at La Pajarita, and finally don't miss a visit to Passeig des Born. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Mallorca on foot, admire the landmark architecture of Ajuntament de Palma, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Terrazas de la Catedral de Palma, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castell de Bellver.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Palermo to Palma de Mallorca by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or ride a ferry. July in Palma de Mallorca sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lisbon sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Palma de Mallorca to Lisbon. In July, daytime highs in Lisbon are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Greece travel guide

4.3
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Sicily travel guide

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The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.
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