18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  4 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and then take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and then stroll through Natura Artis Magistra.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam vacation trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Amsterdam is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), you're off toLondon.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
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.
On the 17th (Mon), admire the striking features of Clarence House and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, then steep yourself in history at Tower of London, then snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and finally make a trip to Big Ben.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the London trip builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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 20th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and then examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

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 22nd (Sat), hunt for treasures at La Boqueria and then browse the exhibits of Casa Batlló. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Barcelona itinerary maker.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect Zurich to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 17°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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 26th (Wed), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

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 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Florence trip builder.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain and then admire the striking features of Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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