28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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, Holland
— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon tour itinerary planning site .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Lisbon is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Lisbon is 6 hours. In November, Lisbon is a bit cooler than San Jose - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to 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
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, and then make a trip to Las Ramblas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) 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
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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 contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Venice tour itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, expect Venice to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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), make a trip to Stephansplatz, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna day trip app .

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 slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then don't miss a visit to Royal Palace Amsterdam, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Vienna to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Vienna in December, expect Amsterdam to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to 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
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the 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
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the London online route planner .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. 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 time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to The Spire, then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Dublin travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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