19 days in Western Europe, Central Europe & Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Western Europe, Central Europe & Ireland Itinerary

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19 days in Western Europe, Central Europe & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h
End: Minneapolis, United States

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, head outdoors with Riddarholmen, and head off the coast to Sandhamn.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Minneapolis to Stockholm, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Stockholm is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, then appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Kastellet, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen road trip website .

You can fly from Stockholm to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Hősök tere, cool off at Palatinus Strandfürdő, and then steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest sightseeing website .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, things will get a bit warmer in Budapest: highs are around 83°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Budapest

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

2
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, trek along Vintgar Gorge, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Bled and then get great views at Mala Osojnica.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bled online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bled takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

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 19th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Bled to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bled in July, with highs in Rome at 89°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in July, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Phoenix Park, stroll around St Stephens Green, and then don't miss a visit to Temple Bar.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dublin itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Barcelona to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: highs in Dublin hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

4
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Scattery Island (in Kilrush). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park, and experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in July, you will find days in Galway are little chillier (63°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). You'll set off for home on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Galway

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Scattery Island, Burren National Park, Aillwee Cave, Castlefergus Equestrian
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud

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