43 days in Western Europe Itinerary

43 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Lisbon is 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid holiday planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and visit Las Ramblas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Barcelona, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and take a stroll through Plaka.

Plan a Athens trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In May, Athens is somewhat warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Athens to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Find places to stay May 27 — 31:

Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Venice.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Copenhagen.
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Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Copenhagen, Denmark — 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 10th (Sat), spend a peaceful day at Tivoli Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, wander the streets of Stroeget, browse the exhibits of Amalienborg Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken).

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, shop like a local with Leidseplein, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris journey planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, stroll around Hyde Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London trip maker site.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dublin.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dublin vacation builder.

You can fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26: