17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
9
Versailles, France
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Diego, United States

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Dublin road trip website .

San Diego, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Diego to Dublin. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in January: highs in Dublin hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, then wander the streets of Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, and finally examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid day trip planning app .

Getting from Dublin to Madrid by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel

1
night
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 25th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 58°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, stop by L'Arte dei Ciompi, then don't miss a visit to Mercato Centrale, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

To plan Florence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Florence is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

1
night
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 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, wander the streets of Via Condotti, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome holiday planning tool .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 28th (Sun), wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens day trip planning site .

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Athens sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

1
night
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 30th (Tue): wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Vienna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Vienna is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in January, expect Vienna to be a bit cooler, temps between 38°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Albertina ©
Albertina

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 31st (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally wander the streets of Red Light District.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam road trip site .

You can fly from Vienna to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Vienna in January since evenings lows in Amsterdam dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Versailles.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

2
nights
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Temple de l'Amour, then stop by One Nation Paris, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Versailles trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Versailles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
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Temple de l'Amour ©
Temple de l'Amour
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Paris Plage, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip builder .

Paris is very close to Versailles. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see a show at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, browse the range of quality goods at Harrods, then get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and finally wander the streets of South Bank.

Plan a London trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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