29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip planning website .

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 9th (Sat): indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums 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
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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 ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Rome. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Budapest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. On your second day here, take a stroll through Lesser Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in May, you will find days in Prague are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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 23rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, browse the exhibits of Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the London trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in London are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, walk around Phoenix Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and make a trip to Merrion Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Dublin sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

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