42 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Dingle, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
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Munich, Germany
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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then visit Las Ramblas, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip tool.

Perth, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): walk around Parque del Retiro, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and finally admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid road trip planning website.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Dingle Peninsula, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dingle travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Madrid to Dingle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in Dingle are much colder (20°C), and nights are a bit cooler (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive 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: walk around Phoenix Park, sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St., admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin holiday maker tool.

Getting from Dingle to Dublin by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app.

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. In August, daily temperatures in Edinburgh can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our London day trip planner.

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in August, with highs in London at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, stop by Old Town, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice travel planner.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly 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: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and pause for some photo ops at La Pieta.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
When in Florence, make a side trip to see Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, approximately Santa Brigida away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive 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 3rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Munich sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in September: high temperatures in Munich hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

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.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Berlin trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.
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Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
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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United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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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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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.
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