18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the striking features of Rathaus and then admire the masterpieces at Albertina. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Schönbrunn Zoo and then admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna tour planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Vienna is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Vienna, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect Vienna to be cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

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Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

1
day
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning site .

Fly from Vienna to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in December, with highs in Amsterdam at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to London.

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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then stroll through St. James's Park, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Big Ben.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the London online tour planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to London by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

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Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

3
days
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris itinerary app .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
days
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 29th (Sat), make a trip to Santa Justa Lift, steep yourself in history at Jeronimos Monastery, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Lisbon travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

2
days
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 31st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On your second day here, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and then stroll through Park Guell.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel route builder .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in January; daily highs in Florence reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

3
days
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, museums, nightlife, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip app .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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