38 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, visit Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Athens is minus 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Athens hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and finally don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Athens in September since evenings lows in Rome dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 8th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip site.

You can fly from Venice to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Venice - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): walk around Parque del Retiro, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in October since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, visit Alfama, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 4 nights

Fair City

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

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Getting from Lisbon to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in October: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 16°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the London online tour planner.

You can fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, daytime highs in London are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris driving holiday planning app.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel route planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

City of Dreams

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna planning site.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Vienna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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