17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Minneapolis, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip builder .

Minneapolis, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Time (WET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 24th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Las Ramblas, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona journey planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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 (Tue): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To find maps and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder website .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice planner .

Fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

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
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planning app .

Fly from Venice to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Venice in May: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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 1st (Mon), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to London.

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
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and then take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Big Ben, get your game on at Old & New Photography, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the London trip maker website .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in London are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Old & New Photography ©
Old & New Photography
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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