26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Parliament. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to Budapest is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Budapest, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 30th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. On your second day here, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rome route planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Rome is a bit warmer than Budapest - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence tour builder app .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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 3rd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, walk around Parc Guell, and then make a trip to Las Ramblas.

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

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in August, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 5th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Alfama, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, and finally see the interesting displays at National Tile Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary site .

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in August since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take a stroll through Temple Bar, browse the collection at Marsh's Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Dublin Spire, get your bearings at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for colder days in Dublin, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris sightseeing planner.

Getting from Dublin to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Paris is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally stroll through Vondelpark. On your second day here, meet the residents at ARTIS, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Saviour, then take a stroll through Christiania, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, and finally examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Rundetaarn, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then wander the streets of Stroeget, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Copenhagen online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

7
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old Town Square, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Petřín, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Prague trip builder website .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

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