23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Quito, Ecuador
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Quito, Ecuador

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.
Appreciate the collections at National Gallery and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Churchill War Rooms and Tower Bridge. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, explore the galleries of Dr. Johnson's House, get engrossed in the history at Sutton House, and contemplate the long history of Shadwell Basin outdoor Activity Centre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our London online sightseeing planner .

Quito, Ecuador to London is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Quito to London, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Quito in May, with highs in London at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

3
nights
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Escape the urban bustle at Hardcastle Crags and Grimwith Reservoir. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastham Country Park and Woodbank Memorial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Manchester: Spike Island Nature Reserve (in Widnes) and Fairy Glen (in Appley Bridge).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manchester road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from London to Manchester takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Manchester can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Manchester

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grimwith Reservoir, Eastham Country Park, Hardcastle Crags, Spike Island Nature Reserve, Woodbank Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Eastham Country Park ©
Eastham Country Park
Hardcastle Crags ©
Hardcastle Crags
Grimwith Reservoir ©
Grimwith Reservoir

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel planner .

Fly from Manchester to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Amsterdam. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Herengracht ©
Herengracht

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then explore the striking landscape at Esquilino, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the striking landscape at Viminale.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome visit planner .

Fly from Amsterdam to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Viminale ©
Viminale

4
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.
Get outdoors at Seine River and Île de la Cité. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Archives and Chateau de Chantilly. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Compiegne (Clairiere de l'Armistice & Musees et Domain Nationaux de Compiegne) and Bois Preau (in Rueil-Malmaison). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, explore the galleries of Maison de Victor Hugo, enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris online vacation builder .

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Compiegne, Bois Preau, Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Seine River ©
Seine River

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif and Theatre Romain (Antique) will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine and Zoo de Lyon. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lyon journey planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In May in Lyon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lyon

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trips

Espace Zoologique De Saint Martin La Plaine, Theatre Romain (Antique)
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Explore hidden gems such as Ciutat Vella and Delta del Llobregat. Change things up with a short trip to Jardin Botanico Marimurtra in Blanes (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Barcelona by combination of tram and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lyon in May since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jardin Botanico Marimurtra, Delta del Llobregat
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get outdoors at Playa del Alberche and Bolarque Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Sorolla and Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Aranjuez, about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid and see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Bolarque Lake, Playa del Alberche
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Sorolla ©
Museo Sorolla

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