36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
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 15​min
13
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then take in the exciting artwork at Sammlung Hoffman, then take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and finally steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall and then head off the coast to Pfaueninsel.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Berlin road trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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 25th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

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 May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can 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.
Head to National Gallery of Ireland and Grafton Streetfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar. Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, get a taste of the local shopping with Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Amsterdam to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, Dublin is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manchester.

Things to do in Dublin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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.
On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at National Football Museum, get curious at Science and Industry Museum, then view the masterpieces at Manchester Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Manchester Cathedral. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Manchester Jewish Museum and then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir.

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You can fly from Dublin to Manchester in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. May in Manchester sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Parks Nature

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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, wander the streets of Hampstead, and then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the London trip planner.

You can take a train from Manchester to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip app .

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 to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo road trip site .

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. Traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monte-Carlo, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

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 9th (Tue), explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

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Fly from Monte-Carlo to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Venice are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Colosseum. For shopping fun, head to Via Condotti or Vertecchi. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome vacation builder tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 16th (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 17th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Ermou Street, shop like a local with Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', then get a taste of the local shopping with Technohoros Art Gallery, then shop like a local with Ioannidou Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Athens vacation maker tool .

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. In June in Athens, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 19th (Fri), look for gifts at the White, Santorini, examine the collection at Museum of Prehistoric Thira, explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and finally examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. On the next day, do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, view the masterpieces at Art Space, then explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, and finally view the masterpieces at MATI Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Fira trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Fira takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Fira are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 21st (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then shop like a local with Passeig de Gracia, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parc Guell, then stroll through Barceloneta Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and finally shop like a local with Galeria La Lesia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona visit planner .

Fly from Fira to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take a stroll through Gran Via. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center, and finally explore the activities along Retiro Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in June, expect nights in Madrid to be a bit cooler, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. On the 26th (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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