13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get some cultural insight at Natural History Museum and Westminster Abbey. Popular historic sites such as Churchill War Rooms and Houses of Parliament are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, contemplate the long history of Hampstead, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the London itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. In May, London is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
On the 21st (Mon), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and finally stroll through Paris Plage. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and then examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Galleria dell'Accademia and Uffizi Galleries. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti) and Sovestro in Poggio vineyard (in San Gimignano). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Florence online trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Castello di Verrazzano
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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