18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Raleigh, United States
Fly:  14 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway:  30 min
2
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
6
Toulouse, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
7
Gaillac, France
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Raleigh, United States

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.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Palatine Hill and Catacombe di San Callisto. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip planning website .

Raleigh, USA to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Raleigh to Rome, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. You'll set off for Vatican City on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tours. On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Vatican Grottoes, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then catch all the local highlights with Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vatican City road trip app .

Vatican City is very close to Rome. July in Vatican City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tours ©
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tours

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

Make your Florence itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Vatican City to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Vatican City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 65°F. On the 8th (Wed), you're off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lucerne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Florence to Lucerne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in July, things will get slightly colder in Lucerne: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Geneva day trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Geneva in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Geneva are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Toulouse.

Things to do in Geneva

Nightlife Museums Parks

few
hours
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Daurade, then contemplate the waterfront views at Garonne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Toulouse online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Toulouse takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Toulouse are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gaillac.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garonne ©
Garonne
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

1
night
Gaillac, France

Gaillac ©
Gaillac is a commune in the Tarn department in southern France. You've now added Chateau de Mauriac to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Mauriac.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gaillac trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Gaillac takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Gaillac

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Albi
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Mauriac ©
Chateau de Mauriac
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seine River as well as Palace of Versailles. Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paris vacation builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gaillac to Paris. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trafalgar Square as well as The British Museum. Westminster Abbey and Tower of London will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Paul's Cathedral and Clarence House. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace and take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the London online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier days in London, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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