18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 45​min
7
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
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: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary maker .

New York City, USA to London is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to London. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in London at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder site .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome road trip planning app .

Fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Rome is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 31st (Tue): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence travel route planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
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 2nd (Thu), explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Venice, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

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 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and then stroll around Vondelpark.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam itinerary builder site .

Fly from Venice to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in June, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 53°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Go for a jaunt from York to Durham to see Durham Cathedral about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Railway Museum, take a stroll through York Shambles, take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls, and sample the tasty concoctions at York Brewery.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our York trip builder .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Amsterdam to York in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to York is minus 1 hour. June in York sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Durham Cathedral
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral

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