23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Train:  16 h
1
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + 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 + Bus:  9 h 45 min
5
Costa Adeje, Spain
— 3 nights
Bus + 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 Duomo di Pisa and Piazza del Campo. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Piazza Maggiore (in Bologna) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and don't miss a visit to Mercato Centrale.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect Florence to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Wrap up 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
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Quayside and Steep Hill. Lincoln Cathedral and York Castle Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Durham Cathedral (in Durham) and Liverpool (Royal Albert Dock Liverpool & Liverpool Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls, wander the streets of York Shambles, and admire the striking features of York Minster.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the York day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Florence to York in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Florence to York, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Florence in January, plan for little chillier days in York, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Liverpool, Lincoln, The Quayside, Durham Cathedral
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The Quayside ©
The Quayside
Steep Hill ©
Steep Hill
Lincoln Cathedral ©
Lincoln Cathedral

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Rosslyn Chapel and Buchanan Street. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Old Town. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, approximately Glasgow away. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from York to Edinburgh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Glasgow, Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Buchanan Street ©
Buchanan Street

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Laugavegur and Litla Lopasjoppan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thingvellir National Park and Hallgrimskirkja. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd) and Strokkur (in Geysir). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, and appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Reykjavik trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Reykjavik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in January, with highs in Reykjavik at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Costa Adeje.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Gullfoss Falls, Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur, Litla Lopasjoppan
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition ©
Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition

3
nights
Costa Adeje, Spain

Costa Adeje ©
Whether you're a sophisticated pleasure seeker with the taste for Canarian cuisine and classy shopping, or a nature lover hungry of adventures, you can have it all on a well-balanced Costa Adeje vacation.
Get outdoors at Masca Valley and Playa del Duque. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cueva del Viento and Centro Comercial San Eugenio. Step out of Costa Adeje to go to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and see Playa de las Teresitas, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las Vistas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Tenerife Monkey Park, savor the flavors at Mercado Parque La Reina, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Teide.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Costa Adeje online trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Reykjavik to Costa Adeje in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Costa Adeje

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tenerife, Los Cristianos, Cueva del Viento, Playa de las Teresitas, Mercado Parque La Reina
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Masca Valley ©
Masca Valley
Playa de las Vistas ©
Playa de las Vistas
Cueva del Viento ©
Cueva del Viento

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): explore the striking landscape at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, 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: stroll through Las Canteras Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Maspalomas online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Costa Adeje to Maspalomas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. January in Maspalomas sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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
Playa de Maspalomas ©
Playa de Maspalomas

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