24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Schwangau, Germany
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado De La Paz, look for gifts at Casa Hernanz Alpargateria, then wander the streets of Calle Mayor, and finally head outdoors with Picnic Madrid. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hospital de Tavera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Salvador, then see the interesting displays at Museo Convento De Santo Domingo El Antiguo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Arzobispal de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip maker website.

Lima, Peru to Madrid is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Lima to Madrid. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lima in September: highs in Madrid hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Valencia.

Things to do in Madrid

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 27th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercat de Russafa, steep yourself in history at Antiguo Monasterio De San Miguel De Los Reyes, then admire the striking features of Convento de Santo Domingo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Valencia Museum of History, then examine the collection at Casa de las Rocas, then examine the collection at Museu de Prehistoria de Valencia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of John's Saints.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip builder.

Getting from Madrid to Valencia by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in September since evenings lows in Valencia dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Carcassonne, France

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 29th (Wed), look for gifts at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, then contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), and finally admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planning site.

You can drive from Valencia to Carcassonne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valencia in September: high temperatures in Carcassonne hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): kick back and relax at Paris Plage, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, then steep yourself in history at National Archives, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Passage Verdeau, wander the streets of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, stop by 1st Arrondissement, then pause for some serene contemplation at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Martin's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, then see the interesting displays at Kortrijk 1302, and finally examine the collection at Texture. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Chocolat de Julie, admire the striking features of Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, then take an in-depth tour of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, then take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Absolute Art Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bruges itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October in Bruges, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Muiderberg, wander the streets of Kalverstraat, and then shop like a local with Mark Raven Amsterdam Art.

Discover how to plan a Amsterdam trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. October in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 5th (Tue), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Plotzensee Memorial Center, look for gifts at Rausch Schokoladenhaus, then stop by Prenzlauer Berg, and finally take in the exciting artwork at art4berlin GALLERY. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Biosphere Potsdam, contemplate the long history of Neues Palais, and then take a stroll through Nicholas Quarter.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin road trip planning tool.

Fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Schwangau.

Things to do in Berlin

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schwangau, Germany

— 2 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkloster St. Stephan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, then stop by Sennerei Lehern, then explore the historical opulence of Burgruine Hohenfreyberg, and finally steep yourself in history at Burgruine Eisenberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): head outdoors with Poellatschlucht, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Maria und Florian, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Georg, and finally stroll around Der Kurpark in Schwangau.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Schwangau online tour planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Schwangau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Gimignano 1300 and Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti. You'll explore and learn at M.G. Design and Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: San Gimignano (Duomo di San Gimignano & Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne), Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Cappella di Piazza, &more) and A Solatio Organic Farm (in Certaldo). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, see the interesting displays at Cappella Brancacci, admire the striking features of Certosa di Firenze, and take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip website.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Florence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Florence is a bit warmer than Schwangau - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Domus Aurea and Villa Farnesina. Let the collections at Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna and National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace capture your imagination. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Complesso del Vittoriano, take in the awesome beauty at Colle Aventino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede, and appreciate the history behind Trajan's Column.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Rome sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.