18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  13 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Seattle, United States

1
night
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 17th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Brouwersgracht.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip maker website .

Seattle, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. October in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Dublin.

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

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Dublin Writers Museum, then explore the galleries of James Joyce Cultural Centre, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip planning tool .

Fly from Amsterdam to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Dublin. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

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

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 21st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia and then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh day trip tool .

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. October in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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 22nd (Mon): wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Park Guell, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Edinburgh to Barcelona by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in October since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

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

1
night
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 26th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Seville Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip app .

You can take a train from Madrid to Seville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in October, Seville is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome visit planner.

You can fly from Seville to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Rome is slightly colder than Seville - with highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, and then head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in October, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
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.
Natural History Museum and National Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Buckingham Palace, wander the streets of Hampstead, and take an in-depth tour of Churchill War Rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in London can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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