22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilkenny Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Trinity College Dublin. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of 14 Henrietta Street, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dublin online trip maker .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kilkenny Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at The Trianons & The Hamlet, and get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Paris dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Schonbrunner Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and make a trip to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip maker .

Fly from Paris to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Vienna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Vienna to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galleria Borghese and Santa Maria in Trastevere. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza del Campo and Duomo di Siena. Step out of Florence to go to Pisa and see Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder tool .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cabo da Roca and Palacio Chiado. Let the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian capture your imagination. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Alfama, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, and get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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