28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
10
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take in the views from Tower Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Old & New Photography ©
Old & New Photography
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris trip app .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
On the 9th (Sat), pick up some local products at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in May; daily highs in Barcelona reach 25°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

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
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: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome day trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
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 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice trip builder.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Istanbul using our trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and admire the striking features of Matthias Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in May since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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nights
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 24th (Sun): make a trip to Vaclavske namEsti, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Kampa Park. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Lesser Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Prague road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in May, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then stroll around Vondelpark. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam travel planner.

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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nights
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, stroll around St Stephens Green, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Amsterdam to Dublin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Amsterdam to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Dublin when traveling from Amsterdam in May, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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