26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Milwaukee, United States
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
Milwaukee, United States

2
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally wander the streets of Plaka District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens online sightseeing planner .

Milwaukee, USA to Athens is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Milwaukee to Athens, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milwaukee in March: highs in Athens hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
days
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Gornji Ugao Tower, then take a stroll through Old Town, then make a trip to Pile Gate, and finally contemplate the long history of Gradske Zidine. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Dubrovnik Cable Car, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, then contemplate the long history of Stradun, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in March, plan for little chillier nights in Dubrovnik, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

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Gornji Ugao Tower ©
Gornji Ugao Tower
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, then admire the landmark architecture of Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery.

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

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March in Rome, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

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Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 27th (Wed), examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, then make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and finally examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Florence are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then get advice or help at Museo Correr, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, contemplate the long history of Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
days
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 31st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to Old Town (Stare Mesto), and finally steep yourself in history at Old Town Square.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Prague travel planner.

Getting from Venice to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in March, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 50°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Cologne.

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

4
days
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Dusseldorf (Old Town (Altstadt), Konigsallee, & more), Aachen Cathedral (in Aachen) and Phantasialand (in Bruhl). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and don't miss a visit to KölnTriangle.

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You can fly from Prague to Cologne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

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Side Trips

Dusseldorf, Aachen Cathedral (Dom), Phantasialand
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

2
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll through Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Natura Artis Magistra, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and then explore the world behind art at Rembrandt House Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
days
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, examine the collection at Atomium, then make a trip to Grand Place, then examine the collection at Manneken Pis, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum, then see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels online day trip planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
MIM - Musical Instruments Museum ©
MIM - Musical Instruments Museum

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then see the interesting displays at Musée Rodin, and then see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacre Coeur Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planner .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to London.

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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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day
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.
On the 12th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the London travel planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. April in London sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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