28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  17 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Lisbon is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Jose to Lisbon. Traveling from San Jose in November, things will get little chillier in Lisbon: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, stroll around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through Las Ramblas.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip maker tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Venice reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Venice to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Vienna, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in December: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris tour itinerary website.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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.
On the 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to The Spire, then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, get advice or help at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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