21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dublin Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dublin travel planner.

Cleveland, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in October, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia and then examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cardiff.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums
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Cardiff, United Kingdom

— 1 night

City of Castles

The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at St Fagans National Museum of History and then step into the grandiose world of Cardiff Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cardiff trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Cardiff takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cardiff when traveling from Edinburgh in October, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Cardiff

Museums · Historic Sites
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London, United Kingdom

— 1 night

The Square Mile

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 8th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our London day trip app.

You can take a train from Cardiff to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in London, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums
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Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 9th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and then examine the collection at Musee Rodin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris online itinerary builder.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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 11th (Mon): take a stroll through The Jordaan, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then admire all the interesting features of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam visit planner.

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Berlin, Germany

— 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum and then stop by Old Town.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich travel route planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Florence tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Florence hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 17th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and then delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 19th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Madrid, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 22nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip site.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Wales travel guide

4.3
Castles · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Wales attracts tourism with its stunning landscape, a wealth of history, and a huge number of imposing castles. Yet behind the spectacular scenery and the ancient fortress walls hides the simple warmth of the Welsh people, whose pride in their Celtic heritage is only exceeded by the love they feel for their homeland. This may be a relatively small country, but its spirit is truly grand. Your itinerary may just be made up of joining the locals at the pub or a village rugby game to soak up the famous Welsh spirit and learn about "hiraeth," a deep bond the Welsh feel with their land. Though compact, Wales has no shortage of secluded corners easily and quickly explored on an extensive network of footpaths, which makes a trip to this land a true hiker’s paradise.

England travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.