Days One–Two | Sunday, June 6–Monday, June 7
Overnight on the Côte d’Azur in Monte Carlo, capital of Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country. Stroll along the yacht-lined harbor, and visit the Casino de Monte Carlo, the Prince’s Palace, and Saint Nicholas Cathedral, where Grace Kelly is buried.
Day Three | Tuesday, June 8
Le Lavandou on the French Riviera is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. The nearby Domaine du Rayol, or Mediterranean Gardens, is one of the loveliest spots on the Var coast.
Days Four–Five | Wednesday, June 9–Thursday, June 10
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, has served as one of Spain’s primary centers of trade since at least the 13th century. Its spectacular architecture includes the Barcelona Cathedral, Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, and Montaner’s Casa Fuster.
Day Six | Friday, June 11
Ajaccio is the largest town on the island of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Be sure to visit Maison Bonaparte, the Old Town square, and Golfe de Porto.
Day Seven | Saturday, June 12
See Michelangelo’s David, the art collections of the Uffizi Gallery—including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the Duomo. The Basilica of Santa Croce holds the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.
Day Eight | Sunday, June 13
The Eternal City abounds with classical and Christian landmarks, including the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums—including the Sistine Chapel, and much more.
Day Nine | Monday, June 14
From Sorrento, take an excursion to Positano on the Amalfi Coast, where pastel-colored homes cling to the cliffside, visit the island of Capri, or see the ruins of Pompeii, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Day Ten | Tuesday, June 15
Located on the east coast of Sicily, Taormina features an ancient Greek Theater and offers spectacular views of Mount Etna. See the town square, Piazza IX Aprile, and visit one of the many shops and cafes along the main street, Corso Umberto.
Day Eleven | Wednesday, June 16
Explore the 15th century Venetian fortress in the Old Town, visit the ornate Achilleion Palace, or go for a swim at one of the island’s many beaches.
Day Twelve | Thursday, June 17
Dubrovnik’s Old Town features cobblestone streets and Venetian-style buildings. Walk the medieval city walls, take a cable car to the top of Mount Srd, or visit the 15th-century Rector’s Palace.
Day Thirteen | Friday, June 18
On Titov Trg, Koper’s main square, stand the arcaded Venetian Gothic Loggia, the Cathedral of the Assumption, and several Venetian palaces, including the Praetorian Palace, which dates from the mid-15th century.
Days Fourteen–Fifteen | Saturday, June 19–Sunday, June 20
In addition to popular sites such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Bridge, be sure to visit some of Venice’s many lesser-known architectural gems, including Chiesa di San Zaccaria, which contains art works by Bellini, Tiepolo, and Tintoretto.