41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

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41 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
2
Bilbao, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sitges, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Ordino, Andorra
— 4 nights
Drive:  13​h 45​min
5
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Acquaviva, San Marino
— 4 nights
7
Pisa, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Gimignano, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Matera, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 30​min
10
Vicenza, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Segovia Aqueduct (in Segovia) and Catedral Primada (in Toledo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid tour builder website .

San Francisco, USA to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Madrid, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Madrid to be a bit warmer, around 68°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Catedral Primada, Acueduct of Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take a stroll through Parte Vieja, and then catch some excitement at La Ribera Market. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, snap pictures at White Bridge (Zubi Zuri), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bilbao sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Bilbao in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in July, things will get little chillier in Bilbao: highs are around 79°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sitges.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Sebastian - Donostia
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Food Tours
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach

3
nights
Sitges, Spain

Sitges ©
Sitges is a town about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, in Catalonia, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. Venture out of the city with trips to Salou (Illuminated Fountain, PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Passeig Maritim, see the interesting displays at Palau de Maricel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playa de Sitges.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sitges trip maker website .

Getting from Bilbao to Sitges by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bilbao in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in Sitges. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Ordino.

Things to do in Sitges

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Salou
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PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park ©
PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park
PortAventura
PortAventura
Passeig Maritim ©
Passeig Maritim

4
nights
Ordino, Andorra

Ordino ©
Ordino is the most northerly parish in the Principality of Andorra. Step out of Ordino to go to Soldeu and see Soldeu - El Tarter, which is approximately 44 minutes away. On the 19th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ordino Arcalis. On the 20th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Vallnord Pal-Arinsal. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Mirador del Roc del Quer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Tristania, and identify plant and animal life at Valle de Incles.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ordino vacation planner .

You can drive from Sitges to Ordino in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Ordino

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Canillo, Arinsal, Lagos de Tristania, Valle de Incles, Museu Casa Rull
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Lagos de Tristania ©
Lagos de Tristania
Mirador del Roc del Quer ©
Mirador del Roc del Quer
Ordino Arcalis ©
Ordino Arcalis

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Venture out of the city with trips to Fornillo (in Positano), Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Villa Cimbrone Gardens) and Amalfi (Chiostro del Paradiso, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, & more). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, browse the exhibits of Museo Cappella Sansevero, get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Naples trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Ordino to Naples in 16.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Naples are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Acquaviva.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Le Vigne di Raito, Fornillo
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

4
nights
Acquaviva, San Marino

Acquaviva ©
As one of the smallest but most picturesque places in San Marino, Acquaviva draws tourists with two things--its gorgeous aquamarine waters and its adventure park.
Pack the 27th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at San Marino Adventures.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Acquaviva trip simple and quick.

Drive from Naples to Acquaviva in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. You'll set off for Venice on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Acquaviva

Theme Parks
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San Marino Adventures ©
San Marino Adventures

4
nights
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Get out of town with these interesting Pisa side-trips: Lucca (Torre Guinigi, Piazza Anfiteatro, & more) and Portovenere (in Porto Venere). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Tower of Pisa, don't miss a visit to Knights’ Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pisa trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Acquaviva to Pisa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucca, Portovenere
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

2
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Go for a jaunt from San Gimignano to Siena to see Piazza del Campo about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard, make a trip to Piazza della Cisterna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sant'Agostino.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano route planner .

You can drive from Pisa to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Gimignano are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Matera.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Piazza del Campo
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Fattoria Il Piano ©
Fattoria Il Piano
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

2
nights
Matera, Italy

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Palombaro Lungo, examine the collection at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina, make a trip to Casa Noha, then don't miss a visit to Sassi di Matera, and finally Head underground at Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cripta del Peccato Originale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Madonna delle Virtu Nuova, and then stroll around Parco della Murgia Materana.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matera holiday planning tool .

Getting from San Gimignano to Matera by combination of train, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vicenza.

Things to do in Matera

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Casa Noha ©
Casa Noha

3
nights
Vicenza, Italy

Vicenza ©
Famous for its abundance of 16th-century architecture designed by Andrea Palladio, Vicenza was coined the City of Palladio.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the striking features of Basilica Palladiana, admire the landmark architecture of Villa La Rotonda by Andrea Palladio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, and finally don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Pieriboni and then explore the activities along Lago di Garda.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vicenza trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Matera to Vicenza in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Matera, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vicenza, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Vicenza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Padua, Lago di Garda
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Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio

3
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Chiesa Di San Pietro (in Corniglia). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Genoa driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Vicenza to Genoa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Genoa are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Cinque Terre
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Chiesa Di San Pietro ©
Chiesa Di San Pietro

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