26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in London hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 15th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Greyfriars Bobby Memorial Statue, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and finally steep yourself in history at St Anthony's Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Blach Watch, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, then examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, then steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh visit website.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip site.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Paris. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and finally look for gifts at Coretex Records. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Trains To Life Trains To Death, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and finally take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip planning site.

You can fly from Paris to Berlin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at BMW Welt, steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Marienplatz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Piazza del Campo in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Florence journey builder.

You can fly from Munich to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Florence: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, appreciate the history behind Punta della Dogana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo). On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Maria Callas.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planning website.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and pause for some photo ops at La Pieta.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder tool.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Venice in January, with highs in Rome at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Six-Fours-les-Plages.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Six-Fours-les-Plages, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame du Mai, then step off the mainland to explore Ile des Embiez, then head outdoors with Ile du Gaou, and finally walk around Park and Gardens of the Mediterranean. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis, then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, then stroll around Parc du Mugel, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Six-Fours-les-Plages travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Six-Fours-les-Plages takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Six-Fours-les-Plages

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

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.

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.