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:  14 h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Merrion Square, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and walk around Phoenix Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dublin online itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 48°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Tate Modern.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the London tour itinerary planning app .

Fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get your game on at Wildness.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris vacation planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Paris sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

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 17th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then walk around Parc Guell, and then test your problem-solving skills at The Witching Hour Room Escape.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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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

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 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Rome sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
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 21st (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in December; daily highs in Venice reach 49°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, and find something for the whole family at Prater.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday planner.

Fly from Venice to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Venice in December, you will find days in Vienna are a bit cooler (41°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the striking features of Kastellet, then appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and then get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then partake in some friendly competition at TIMEQUEST Escape Rooms Copenhagen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip planner .

Getting from Vienna to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, then see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, and finally examine the collection at Skansen. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, then get in on the family fun at Grona Lunds Tivoli, and finally get in on the family fun at Junibacken.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm holiday maker .

Fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Stockholm is little chillier than Copenhagen - with highs of 38°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Grona Lunds Tivoli ©
Grona Lunds Tivoli
Skansen ©
Skansen

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