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
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
train:  3​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  16​h 30​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.
You've added Tower of London, Churchill War Rooms, Big Ben, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tower of London, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, stroll around St. James's Park, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then take an in-depth tour of Westminster Abbey, and finally browse the exhibits of Churchill War Rooms. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Kensington Gardens and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kensington Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the London online road trip 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 difference when traveling from Washington DC to London is 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in London reach 62°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
St. James's Park ©
St. James's Park

4
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 list of things to see and do now includes Montparnasse Tower, Ile Saint-Louis, Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, and other attractions. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Montparnasse Tower ©
Montparnasse Tower
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

1
day
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 Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Manneken Pis. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

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.
You've now added Open Boat Tours to your itinerary. On the 8th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House and then choose your vessel at Open Boat Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Transportation Outdoors
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Open Boat Tours ©
Open Boat Tours
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

1
night
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 Eiserner Steg, Romer and Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and then snap pictures at Eiserner Steg.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt travel website .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites
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Romer ©
Romer
Eiserner Steg ©
Eiserner Steg

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You've added First, Rose Garden (Rosengarten), The Cathedral of Bern, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, admire the local landmark of Child Eater Fountain (Kindlifresserbrunnen), get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, and finally pause for some photo ops at Barenpark. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at First.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bern trip builder tool .

Getting from Frankfurt to Bern by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bern when traveling from Frankfurt in May, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Grindelwald-First
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa (about 1h 35 min away). There's more to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bern to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bern in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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 Galleria Borghese, Giardino degli Aranci, Trevi Fountain, and other attractions you added. Attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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