18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Stromness, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
St. Brelade, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h
4
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
5
Chania Town, Greece
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3​h 30​min
6
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Naxos, Greece
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Stromness, United Kingdom

Stromness ©
Stromness is the second-most populated town in Orkney, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Skara Brae, get to know the fascinating history of Brough Of Birsay, take an in-depth tour of Broch of Gurness, then make a trip to Ness of Brodgar, and finally explore the ancient world of Ring of Brodgar. On the next day, examine the collection at Stromness Museum, shop like a local with Pier Arts Centre, then contemplate the long history of Standing Stones of Stenness, then contemplate the long history of Maeshowe, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Viking Centre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stromness route planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Stromness is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Stromness, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Stromness. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Stromness

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Stenness, Brough Of Birsay, Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Broch of Gurness
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Skara Brae ©
Skara Brae
Standing Stones of Stenness
Standing Stones of Stenness
Ring of Brodgar ©
Ring of Brodgar

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Stromness to Edinburgh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Brelade.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

2
nights
St. Brelade, United Kingdom

St. Brelade ©
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On the 19th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Mont Orgueil Castle, delve into the distant past at La Hougue Bie, and then see the interesting displays at Jersey War Tunnels - German Underground Hospital. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Saviour Parish Church, explore the historical opulence of Elizabeth Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Hamptonne Country Life Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Brelade day trip planning site .

Fly from Edinburgh to St. Brelade in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in St. Brelade. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in St. Brelade

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

St. Lawrence, La Hougue Bie, Mont Orgueil Castle, St. Saviour Parish Church, Elizabeth Castle
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Mont Orgueil Castle ©
Mont Orgueil Castle
Elizabeth Castle ©
Elizabeth Castle
La Hougue Bie ©
La Hougue Bie

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 21st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Panagia, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Lindos trip planner .

Explore your travel options from St. Brelade to Lindos with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Brelade to Lindos is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Brelade in July: high temperatures in Lindos hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach

1
night
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
On the 23rd (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Chania Venetian Lighthouse, then stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Ancient Olive Tree, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Falassarna Beach. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Minoan's World, do a tasting at Manousakis Winery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, then do a tasting at Winery Dourakis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chania Town day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Lindos to Chania Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Chania Town

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Ancient Olive Tree, Souda Bay War Cemetery, St. Nicholas Church, Falassarna Beach
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Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Venetsanos Winery and Amoudi Bay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Monastery of Profitis Ilias. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fira: Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa) and Tomato Industrial Museum (in Vlychada). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Santo Winery, get great views at Sunset in Oia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and examine the collection at Cultural Village.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Chania Town to Fira in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Pyrgos, Oia, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Monastery of Profitis Ilias
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Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery

3
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eggares Olive Press Museum and Mikri Vigla Beach. Popular historic sites such as Portara and Panagia Drossiani Church are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Town, examine the collection at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki, wander the streets of Kastro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pyrgaki.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Naxos online trip itinerary maker .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Naxos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Plaka Beach ©
Plaka Beach

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