18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Chicago, United States

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 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Big Ben, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Tower of London, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, then stroll around St. James's Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our London online attractions planner.

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. In May, London is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Skansen, then see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, and then see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm, take in panoramic vistas at Stockholm City Hall, then learn about all things military at Royal Armory, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Stockholm Old Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Stockholm trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from London to Stockholm by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In May in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

5
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Rome takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in May; daily highs in Rome reach 75°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Barcelona online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Île de la Cité, then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 64°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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