20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + bus:  17​h
1
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Family-friendly places like Cliffs of Moher and Drummindoo Stud will thrill your kids. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Scattery Island (in Kilrush), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). There's more to do: explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galway attractions planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Galway is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In June, Galway is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Cave, Burren National Park, Scattery Island
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Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kids will enjoy Guinness Storehouse and Phoenix Park. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Kilkenny to see Go With The Flow - River Adventures about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, take a stroll through Temple Bar, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Go With The Flow - River Adventures
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Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Virtua, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Barcelona. In June, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 25th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

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

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Barcelona, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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 27th (Sat): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in June since evenings lows in Rome dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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 29th (Mon), make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Denmark, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip builder website .

You can fly from Venice to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in June; daily highs in Copenhagen reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Vasa Museum and Drottningholm Palace. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, wander the streets of Sandhamn, and ponder the world of politics at Stockholm City Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

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