18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Versailles, France
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tower of London, Covent Garden, Big Ben, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see a show at Leicester Square, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, contemplate the long history of Kensington Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then take in the views from Tower Bridge, and finally make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through St. James's Park, make a trip to Big Ben, get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, then don't miss a visit to Tower of London, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the London journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in April, things will get a bit cooler in London: highs are around 56°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sainte-Chapelle, Pont-Neuf, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and finally get your bearings at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then take in the views from Pont-Neuf.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris tour itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
day
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Versailles planning site .

Versailles is very close to Paris. In May, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) as well as Belgian Comic Strip Center. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally examine the collection at Atomium.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip builder tool .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Belgian Comic Strip Center ©
Belgian Comic Strip Center
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 5th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route maker site .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kleinmarkthalle as well as Burg Eltz. On the 4th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Burg Eltz and then hunt for treasures at Kleinmarkthalle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bern.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Burg Eltz
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Kleinmarkthalle ©
Kleinmarkthalle
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz
Romer ©
Romer

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) as well as UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then pause for some photo ops at Barenpark, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Frankfurt to Bern takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Bern. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings as well as Leaning Tower of Pisa. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Leaning Tower of Pisa and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bern to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bern in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spanish Steps as well as Villa d'Este. Kids will appreciate attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 58°F. You will leave for home on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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