26 days in Chicago & Europe Itinerary

26 days in Chicago & Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Chicago & Europe Itinerary

Tulsa, United States
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Chicago, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train + Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h
Tulsa, United States

2
days
Chicago, United States

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Millennium Park, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then explore and take pictures at Wrigley Field. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium, then engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chicago holiday planner.

Tulsa to Chicago is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tulsa in May, with highs in Chicago at 73°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Chicago

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Millennium Park
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field

4
days
Rome, Italy

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, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chicago to Rome. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Vatican City
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Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum
Pantheon

3
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena Cathedral (in Siena) and Torre di Pisa (in Pisa). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery.

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Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Sightseeing Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena Cathedral, Torre di Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Uffizi Gallery
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
Venice, Italy

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 19th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isola di Burano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Doges' Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Venice sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Isola di Burano
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Porta della Carta
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco

5
days
Paris, France

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 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musée Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in May, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower
Musée d'Orsay

4
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell, and examine the collection at El Cafè de la Pedrera.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Paris in May, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Sightseeing Museums Historic Sites
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La Sagrada Familia
Park Güell
Casa Batlló

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