36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
13
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
14
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States


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2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
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 24th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then take in the exciting artwork at Sammlung Hoffman, then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall and then step off the mainland to explore Pfaueninsel.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Berlin is 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then wander the streets of The Jordaan, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planning site .

You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar. Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 30th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with National Gallery of Ireland, take in the exciting artwork at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and wander the streets of Grafton Street.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary maker website .

Fly from Amsterdam to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Dublin. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Manchester.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at National Football Museum, then have fun and explore at Science and Industry Museum, then view the masterpieces at Manchester Art Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Manchester Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Manchester Jewish Museum and then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manchester trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Dublin to Manchester in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August in Manchester, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Ladybower Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Science and Industry Museum ©
Science and Industry Museum
Ladybower Reservoir ©
Ladybower Reservoir
Manchester Art Gallery ©
Manchester Art Gallery

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take a stroll through Hampstead, and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read London vacation planner .

Take a train from Manchester to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Le Marais and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paris day trip planner .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally don't miss a visit to Casino Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then make a trip to Prince's Palace, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Casino.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Monte-Carlo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Monte-Carlo reach 76°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Highlights from your plan
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo

2
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.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner .

Fly from Monte-Carlo to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Venice, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Florence sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Catacombe di San Callisto and Scuba & Snorkeling. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. On the next day, take a stroll through Ermou Street, view the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, then shop like a local with Ioannidou Art Gallery, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Athens driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rome in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 20th (Fri), stop by the White, Santorini, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Art Space, then stroll through Santo Horse Riding, and finally view the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fira itinerary planner .

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In September in Fira, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Art Space, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. On your second day here, stroll around Parc Guell, then stroll through Barceloneta Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria La Lesia.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Barcelona takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to Barcelona is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Fira in September, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): shop like a local with Gran Via. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rio Creative Art Center, and finally explore the activities along Retiro Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Madrid online tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 59°F. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Diseno Propio. Artesania. ©
Diseno Propio. Artesania.

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