18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition as well as Temple Bar. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Temple Bar. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin itinerary maker.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. You will leave for London on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Dublin

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
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 8th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll through Vondelpark. On your second day here, wander the streets of The Jordaan and then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam holiday planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Amsterdam is 1 hour. While traveling from Dublin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 10th (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then explore the world behind art at The David Collection, and finally take in panoramic vistas at The Round Tower.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen road trip app .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at DDR Museum, explore the galleries of German Historical Museum, then browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building. On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Pergamonmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Neues Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip builder tool .

Getting from Copenhagen to Berlin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Room Escape Games

3
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.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the local landmark of Fontana dei Quattro fiumi, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and then take a stroll through Citta del Vaticano.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online holiday builder .

You can fly from Berlin to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Rome sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 15th (Wed), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

3
nights
Paris, France

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.
You've added Ladurée Paris Le Bar, Luxembourg Gardens, Shakespeare & Company, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Ladurée Paris Le Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get your bearings at Shakespeare & Company, and then stroll the grounds of Pantheon.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Venice in August, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Food Tours
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

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.
You've added Tower of London, Greenwich Market, Monmouth Coffee, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Mon), take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of local nightlife at Monmouth Coffee, then contemplate the long history of Tower of London, then snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and finally hunt for treasures at Greenwich Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the London online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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