26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 13th (Wed), admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Madrid: highs are around 52°F and lows about 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Casa Batllo and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Fenals Beach in Lloret de Mar, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, stop by Cellarer, kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, and contemplate the waterfront views at Delta del Llobregat.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona attractions planning site .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in February, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Delta del Llobregat, Fenals Beach
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Passeig de Gracia ©
Passeig de Gracia

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in February, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 46°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
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.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and then take a stroll through Grafton Street. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker
Highlights from your plan
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Gustamps and then find something for the whole family at Drusillas Park.

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You can fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, daily temperatures in London can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Snozone, Gustamps, Drusillas Park
Highlights from your plan
Gustamps ©
Gustamps
Drusillas Park ©
Drusillas Park

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.
On the 26th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, then get engrossed in the history at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and then look for gifts at The American Book Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): stop by De Kaaskamer and then wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online route maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Amsterdam. In February in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Venice.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam ©
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
For shopping fun, head to I Tre Mercanti or BrAgora. Get a sense of the local culture at Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen (in Noventa di Piave) and Cioccolateria Veneziana (in San Dona Di Piave). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and browse for treasures at Gioielleria Eredi Jovon.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Venice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Noventa di Piave Designer Outlet - McArthurGlen, Cioccolateria Veneziana
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get outdoors at Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm and Castello di Verrazzano. Step off the beaten path and head to Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Venture out of the city with trips to Artesia Ceramica (in Certaldo), Siena (Casa della Pelle & La Fabbrica delle Candele) and The Mall (in Leccio). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, and admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, Castello di Verrazzano, Artesia Ceramica, The Mall
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

4
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.
Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. Step out of Rome to go to Marmore and see Cascata delle Marmore, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, get a taste of the local shopping with Via Condotti, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and explore the striking landscape at Passeggiata di Gianicolo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome driving holiday tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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