26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Maynooth Castle and Hill of Slane will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Irish Military War Museum & Family Park and Castletown House. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Bray Head (in Bray), Mellifont Abbey (in Drogheda) and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre (in Dalkey). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Richmond Barracks, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Audoen's Church, examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, and admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dublin, use our trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 64°F and lows are around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to York.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

York, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Let the collections at The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre and DIG capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Falconry UK Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre and Byland Abbey. Change things up with these side-trips from York: White Horse of Kilburn (in Thirsk), Workhouse Museum (in Ripon) and Ampleforth Abbey (in Ampleforth). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at The York Army Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Wilfrid's Catholic Church, and stop by The Shop That Must Not Be Named.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our York road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Dublin to York takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in York can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Passable and Promenade du Soleil. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieux La Turbie and Eglise. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Menton (La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs & Marche des Halles de Menton). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee des Coquillages, cruise along Tete de Chien, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eze Sur Mer Strand.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from York to Nice takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from York to Nice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, Nice is a bit warmer than York - with highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa Farnesina and Vatican Necropolis. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moai Beach and Welcome to Rome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Riserva Naturale Regionale Monterano - Canale Monterano (RM) (in Bracciano) and Trevignano Romano (in Trevignano Romano). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea, hunt for treasures at Mercato Trionfale, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colle Aventino, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monumento Naturale di Galeria Antica.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome driving holiday planner.

Fly from Nice to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Head to Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri and Tuscany in a Bottlefor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Corridoio Vasariano and Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, admire the striking features of Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, and see the interesting displays at Museo Stefano Bardini.

To find out how to plan a trip to Florence, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mall of Berlin and Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus. Explore hidden gems such as Mitte and Urban Nation. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbar Mitte, admire the masterpieces at Alte Nationalgalerie, wander the streets of Nicholas Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Classic Remise Berlin.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip builder app.

You can fly from Florence to Berlin in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Grote Markt and St. Nicholas Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and Museum of the Canals capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Mondial Museum (in Volendam), Stadshart Zaandam (in Zaandam) and DOMunder (in Utrecht). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at Amsterdam Pipe Museum, explore the historical opulence of Muiderslot, and wander the streets of De Hallen Amsterdam.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip builder.

You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

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.

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.

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.