16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  10​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States

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 18th (Sat), get your game on at Museumphoto, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, walk around Vondelpark, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Amsterdam holiday planning app .

Newark, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, you will find days in Amsterdam are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then take in the views from Tower Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and finally don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read London day trip site .

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 April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

2
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 22nd (Wed), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris trip website .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On your second day here, make a trip to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip app .

You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Venice when traveling from Paris in April, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Florence sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
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 28th (Tue): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome route planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip planning app .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. April in Barcelona sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, take a stroll through Alfama, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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