15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
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 1st (Wed), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris trip maker site .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally make a trip to Anne Frank House.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam travel planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow visit planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Krakow in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

1
night
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 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip maker app .

Getting from Krakow to Rome by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Krakow in May, with highs in Rome at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online travel planner .

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Istanbul is 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
day
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planning website .

Getting from Istanbul to Barcelona by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum, browse the exhibits of Dublin Castle, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and finally see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in May, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Writers Museum ©
Dublin Writers Museum

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