30 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

30 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
+2
tram + foot + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + tram:  14​h 15​min
End: Dallas, United States

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.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and De Duif are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Grote Markt (in Haarlem) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at ARTIS, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner .

Dallas, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Dallas in May, plan for colder days in Amsterdam, with highs around 63°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Grote Markt, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally examine the collection at Atomium. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken, examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris tour builder website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, then take a memorable tour with Lisbon by Boat, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Tours
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Lisbon by Boat ©
Lisbon by Boat
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
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.
On the 17th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 19th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Krakow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect Krakow to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

#Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
On the 24th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, then explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di San Marco and San Giorgio Maggiore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, make a trip to St. Mark's Square, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Baptistery of St. John and Campanile di Giotto. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Catacombe di San Callisto and Passeggiata di Gianicolo. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Peter's Basilica and Pantheon. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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