18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom — 2 nights

A holiday in Richmond-upon-Thames ensures a chance to enjoy one of Greater London's greenest, fanciest, and most spacious neighborhoods.
On the 25th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Petersham Meadows, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Landscape - Kew Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, Harrow on the Hill, then learn about all things military at Battle of Britain Bunker, and finally head outdoors with Coda Falconry. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then examine the collection at The Musical Museum, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Richmond-upon-Thames trip itinerary site.

Toronto, Canada to Richmond-upon-Thames is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Richmond-upon-Thames, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Richmond-upon-Thames hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
On the 27th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Venice trip builder app.

You can fly from Richmond-upon-Thames to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Richmond-upon-Thames in August, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Florence.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae) and Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (in Nafplio). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, make a trip to Plateia Syntagmatos, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Traveling from Rome in September, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Dublin in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Dublin reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Greater London travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Parks · Nightlife
Densely populated Greater London bustles with the energy, as more than 8.6 million of its residents go about their daily lives. A trip to Greater London offers chances to not only explore the center of the city, but also the many boroughs that surround it, each boasting its own distinctive character. From extensive museums and iconic historical buildings to a pumping nightlife scene and ever-expanding cafe culture, the diverse capital of the United Kingdom has something to offer any visitor. Getting around during a Greater London holiday is a breeze, with the city's famed underground rail network--affectionately known as "the tube"--providing comprehensive connections throughout the city.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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