16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
subway:  15​min
2
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fiesch in Valais, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Murren, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
6
Versailles, France
— 1 day
train:  30​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. On the 8th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a subway to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Peter's Basilica as well as Vatican Museums. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatican City day trip tool .

Vatican City is very close to Rome. In June, daily temperatures in Vatican City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

1
night
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Doge's Palace as well as Canal Grande. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice tour builder app .

Traveling by flight from Vatican City to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Fiesch in Valais.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
day
Fiesch in Valais, Switzerland

Fiesch in Valais ©
You've now added Aletsch Glacier to your itinerary. On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aletsch Arena and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fiesch in Valais online attractions planner .

Drive from Venice to Fiesch in Valais in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Murren.

Things to do in Fiesch in Valais

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aletsch Arena, Aletsch Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Aletsch Arena ©
Aletsch Arena

1
night
Murren, Switzerland

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
You've now added Jungfraujoch to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg and then take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Murren day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Fiesch in Valais to Murren with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Versailles.

Things to do in Murren

Tours Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

1
day
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palace of Versailles. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Palace of Versailles and then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Versailles.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Versailles trip builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Murren to Versailles. In June, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Le Jardin de Versailles ©
Le Jardin de Versailles

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Louvre Museum, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, Eiffel Tower, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip builder app .

Paris is very close to Versailles. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anne Frank House. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip website .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Churchill War Rooms, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Stonehenge, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our London online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in London are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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