23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
+3
Train + Tram + Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
7
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
11
Oslo, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
12
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
13
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 45 min
14
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
15
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
16
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
17
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

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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 28th (Tue), walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then shop like a local with Galeria La Lesia, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella, visit El Born, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Barcelona, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia, then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Colon, then view the masterpieces at Botique Museo Lladro, and finally take a stroll through Barrio del Carmen.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Valencia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Valencia

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Ubbo, brush up on your military savvy at Museu do Ar - Sintra, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional de Sintra. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena, step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and finally stop by Juicy Soaps.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sintra trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Valencia to Sintra by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In May in Sintra, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascais, Ubbo
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace

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Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez, stroll around Parc du Mont Boron, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Sintra to Nice takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sintra to Nice is 1 hour. Traveling from Sintra in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Parc du Mont Boron ©
Parc du Mont Boron
Promenade du Paillon ©
Promenade du Paillon
Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez

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Rome, Italy

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Pisa.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife
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Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, examine the collection at Palazzo Blu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Cristina, make a trip to Knights’ Square, then enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Cosmopolitan Golf & Country Club, head outdoors with Bagno Laura, then get outside with Il Pineto Parco Avventura, and finally don't miss a visit to Murale Tuttomondo di Keith Haring.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pisa journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Pisa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pisa when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Pisa to Bern in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Pisa in May; daily highs in Bern reach 66°F and lows reach 44°F. You will leave for Vienna on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahlenberg, examine the collection at The Hofburg, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then stop by Graben and Kohlmarkt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vienna road trip app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bern to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bern in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Vienna, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, explore the engaging exhibits at Gallery of Steel Figures, then stop by Moser Sales Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Czech Repubrick.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Prague online trip builder.

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Prague are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 8th (Fri), stroll around Kongens Have, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then look for gifts at Crime Passionnel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, admire the landmark architecture of Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke), identify plant and animal life at Jaegerborg Dyrehave, then pause for some photo ops at Frederiksborg slotshave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiksborg Slotskirke.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hillerod, Jaegerborg Dyrehave, Fredensborg Palace
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Our Saviour's Church ©
Our Saviour's Church

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum), stop by Mathallen Oslo, take a stroll through Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood, then get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, then examine the collection at Fram Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at 22 July Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oslo online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Oslo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, Oslo is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum
Fram Museum ©
Fram Museum

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 11th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Herengracht, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally explore the activities along The Amstel.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip builder tool.

Getting from Oslo to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in May, Amsterdam is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Museums
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Herengracht ©
Herengracht
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), head outdoors with Bruges Art Route, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Esplanade du Trocadero, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, then visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 14th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirk, then stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, and finally view the masterpieces at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Edinburgh. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Edinburgh hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cork.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Shopping
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Blarney Castle & Gardens, stop by Blarney Chocolate Factory, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, see the interesting displays at Collins Barracks Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then explore the world behind art at Crawford Art Gallery, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cork route site.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Cork takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Cork

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
The English Market ©
The English Market

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Borough Market, then admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cork to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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