18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

1
night
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 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Sorolla, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid tour planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Madrid is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Madrid is 9 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 65°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Casa Milà, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and finally examine the collection at Museu Frederic Marès.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in April since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 53°F. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome vacation planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. April in Rome sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Let the collections at Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Step out of Florence to go to Siena and see Piazza del Campo, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence tour planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Venice sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 17th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Resistance Museum and then explore the world behind art at Rembrandt House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Venice to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in April, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 58°F and 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musée d'Orsay and Rodin Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and Île de la Cité. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris tour planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

few
hours
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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