15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Athens trip builder website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Athens is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in July, things will get much hotter in Athens: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Venice travel planning site.

You can fly from Athens to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens to Venice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Venice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then stroll around Ciutadella Park, and finally visit Las Ramblas.

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You can fly from Venice to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Dublin Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for little chillier days in Dublin, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to London.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Big Ben, then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, then take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, then make a trip to Tower of London, and finally take in the views from Tower Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in London, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe. On the next day, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris day trip tool.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Churches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

England travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.