23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Quito, Ecuador
Fly:  11​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
2
Zaragoza, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + tram:  4​h 30​min
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
9
Detmold, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
10
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Quito, Ecuador

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of Madrid to go to Segovia and see Acueduct of Segovia, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid day trip website .

Quito, Ecuador to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Madrid is 6 hours. Traveling from Quito in September, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Acueduct of Segovia
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
night
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Goya Coleccion Ibercaja as well as Torre Del Pilar. On the 3rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo Goya Coleccion Ibercaja and then appreciate the history behind Torre Del Pilar.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zaragoza trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Zaragoza takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monasterio de Piedra ©
Monasterio de Piedra
Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia ©
Palacio de la Aljaferia

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.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Las Ramblas, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Zaragoza in October, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Barcelona to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in October: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Atomium, then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brussels visit planner .

Take a train from Lyon to Brussels in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. When traveling from Lyon in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

2
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Brussels to Dusseldorf in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Classic Remise Dusseldorf ©
Classic Remise Dusseldorf

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 12th (Sat), get great views at Main Tower, admire the striking features of Romer, ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, then snap pictures at Eiserner Steg, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum Embankment, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, then get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and finally pause for some photo ops at Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal).

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt holiday planner.

Take a train from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Nuremberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal)
Highlights from your plan
Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House
Romer ©
Romer

2
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, don't miss a visit to Altstadt, then explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, then stroll the grounds of Rochusfriedhof, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg journey planner .

Getting from Frankfurt to Nuremberg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Detmold.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bamberg Altstadt, Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

2
nights
Detmold, Germany

Detmold ©
Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of about 73,400 (2013). Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold), make a trip to Hermannsdenkmal, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Detmold, then look for all kinds of wild species at Adlerwarte Berlebeck, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vogelpark Heiligenkirchen, get outside with Palaisgarten Detmold, then wander the streets of Historische Altstadt, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Detmold journey maker website .

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Detmold takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Berlin.

Things to do in Detmold

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn)
Highlights from your plan
Adlerwarte Berlebeck ©
Adlerwarte Berlebeck
Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold ©
Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold

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.
On the 18th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Detmold to Berlin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
You've now added Free Walking Tours Madrid to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour in harmony with nature at Free Walking Tours Madrid, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Sabatini, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Alcazar de Segovia.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Madrid in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alcazar de Segovia
Highlights from your plan
Free Walking Tours Madrid ©
Free Walking Tours Madrid
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

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