23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + train:  16​h
1
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  7​h
2
York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
Costa Adeje, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Maspalomas, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Piazza del Campo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa), Piazza Maggiore (in Bologna) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Florence due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, things will get colder in Florence: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to York.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pisa, Siena, Piazza Maggiore
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

4
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lincoln Cathedral and Steep Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Quayside and York's Chocolate Story. Explore York's surroundings by going to Liverpool (Royal Albert Dock Liverpool & Liverpool Cathedral) and Durham Cathedral (in Durham). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through York Shambles, admire the striking features of York Minster, go for a walk through York City Walls, and get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the York route maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Florence to York takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Florence to York is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Florence in January, you will find days in York are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lincoln, Liverpool, Durham Cathedral, The Quayside
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York Minster ©
York Minster
The Quayside ©
The Quayside
Lincoln Cathedral ©
Lincoln Cathedral

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buchanan Street and Stirling Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and The Scotch Whisky Experience. Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, and engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip maker app .

You can take a train from York to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Glasgow, Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle
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Buchanan Street ©
Buchanan Street
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
The Scotch Whisky Experience ©
The Scotch Whisky Experience

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore hidden gems such as Strokkur and Laugavegur. Visiting Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Falls will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Reykjavik to Hella to see Litla Lopasjoppan about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, get engrossed in the history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik day trip planning site .

You can fly from Edinburgh to Reykjavik in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. In January, Reykjavik is a bit cooler than Edinburgh - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Costa Adeje.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Litla Lopasjoppan, Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur, Gullfoss Falls
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Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Costa Adeje, Spain

Costa Adeje ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Teide National Park and Playa del Duque. Shop till you drop at Centro Comercial San Eugenio and Mercado Parque La Reina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Costa Adeje: Playa de las Teresitas (in Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and Cueva del Viento (in Icod de los Vinos).

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Costa Adeje tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Costa Adeje in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in January; daily highs in Costa Adeje reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Costa Adeje

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tenerife, Los Cristianos, Playa de las Teresitas, Cueva del Viento, Lonja Pesquera Los Abrigos
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Teide National Park ©
Teide National Park
Playa del Duque ©
Playa del Duque
Playa de las Vistas ©
Playa de las Vistas

3
nights
Maspalomas, Spain

Maspalomas ©
Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire nature's extreme beauty at Dunas de Maspalomas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Maspalomas, and then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Maspalomas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Las Canteras Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Maspalomas tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Costa Adeje to Maspalomas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January in Maspalomas, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Las Canteras Beach, Playa de Mogan
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Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan
El Faro de Maspalomas ©
El Faro de Maspalomas
Dunas de Maspalomas ©
Dunas de Maspalomas

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