15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Durham, United States
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  13 h 45 min
End: Durham, United States

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder.

Durham, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Durham to Lisbon. In May in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Budapest driving holiday planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rome to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Wallenstein garden, don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kampa Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take a stroll through Lesser Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Prague online road trip planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Budapest in June: highs in Prague hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then stroll around Vondelpark, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
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.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip website.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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