31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Madrid, Train to Valencia
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Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Malaga, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
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Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Funchal, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bamberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Valencia, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Vehiculos Historicos Valle De Guadalest and Casco Antiguo. Peniscola Castle and Castillo de Santa Barbara will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Playa de Levante in Benidorm (about 1h 35 min away). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Valencia attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to Valencia is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in May, with highs in Valencia at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Malaga.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Malaga, Spain

— 4 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Let the collections at Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga and Museo Carmen Thyssen Malaga capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcazaba and Malaga Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malaga: Marbella Old Town (in Marbella), Benalmadena (Parque De La Paloma & Puerto Marina Benalmadena) and El Torcal de Antequera (in Antequera). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at El Caminito Del Rey, El Chorro, see the interesting displays at Automobile and Fashion Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Gibralfaro, and don't miss a visit to Puerto de Málaga.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Malaga trip builder app.

You can fly from Valencia to Malaga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. May in Malaga sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 4 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Fortaleza de la Mota and Iglesia de San Nicolas will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Castillo de Sabiote and Capileira Mountain Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Alcaudete (in Jaen), Fundación Cueva de Nerja (in Nerja) and Museo Almazara La Erilla (in Niguelas). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Jodar, get answers to all your questions at Turismo Berja, steep yourself in history at Royal Chapel of Granada, and visit Albayzin.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner.

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Malaga in May, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portugal

— 3 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ponta da Piedade. Relax by the water at Praia dos Olhos de Água and Praia Da Rocha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira) and Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres). There's more to do: stroll through Praia da Falesia.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip planner.

Getting from Granada to Albufeira by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada to Albufeira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albufeira when traveling from Granada in May, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Funchal.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Funchal, Portugal

— 3 nights
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse and Miradouro da Ponta do Rosto. Church of Sao Pedro and Igreja Do Senhor Bom Jesus will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Funchal side-trips: Levada do Risco (in Calheta), Porto Moniz (Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools & Levada Ribeira de Janela) and Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, admire the natural beauty at Monte Palace Madeira, and take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal trip builder app.

You can fly from Albufeira to Funchal in 5 hours. May in Funchal sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maison des Grenadieres and Chateau de Montivert. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Boen Musee des Vignerons du Forez and Chateau de St Marcel de Felines are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Chazelles-sur-Lavieu to see Le couvent about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lyon road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lyon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Funchal to Lyon is 1 hour. Traveling from Funchal in May, Lyon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Musee Chateau des Rohan and Abbaye de Marmoutier. Musee Espace des Metiers du Bois et du Patrimoine and Chateau du Scheoneck are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Ortenbourg Castle (in Scherwiller), Musee du Sabot (in Soucht) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee du Verre et du Cristal, stop by Little Venice, and wander the streets of La Petite France.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bamberg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bamberg, Germany

— 3 nights

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
Step off the beaten path and head to Klosterkirche Speinshart and Papiermuhle Homburg. Get some historical perspective at Wallfahrtskirche Armesberg and Altstadt. Venture out of the city with trips to Automobilmuseum Fichtelberg (in Fichtelberg), Town Walls (in Rothenburg) and Museum Stammheim (in Kolitzheim). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt, and explore the historical opulence of Giechburg.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bamberg online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Bamberg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bamberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.