21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
2
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Canvas and then hunt for treasures at Monastiraki. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Ermou Street, take a stroll through Plaka, then stop by Gallery Demeter, and finally examine the collection at Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Athens holiday planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Athens is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in January; daily highs in Athens reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Athens

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Monastiraki ©
Monastiraki
Ermou Street ©
Ermou Street

3
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fornillo and Bagni d'Arienzo. For shopping fun, head to Ceramica Assunta or Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Piccadilly (in Conca dei Marini), Creazioni Chris (in Amalfi) and Mini Store (in Maiori). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Grande, stop by Maria Lampo, and view the masterpieces at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Positano trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Athens to Positano in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Positano due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Positano

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Creazioni Chris, Lizart Ceramiche, Piccadilly, Mini Store
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia Grande ©
Spiaggia Grande
Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela ©
Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Shop till you drop at Avenida da Liberdade and Chiado. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Praia da ursa in Sintra--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Belém Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Rossio Square, look for gifts at Ana Salazar, and hunt for treasures at Feira da Ladra.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon road trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Positano to Lisbon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Lisbon are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Praia da ursa
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama
Praia da ursa ©
Praia da ursa

2
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.
Head to Grafton Street and Cleo Knitwearfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seapoint Beach and Sandymount Strand. And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Temple Bar, look for gifts at DesignYard, and browse the different shops at Fallon & Byrne.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Lisbon in January, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Grafton Street ©
Grafton Street

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.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

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Getting from Dublin to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

3
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Do your shopping at Rue d'Antibes and Avenue Jean Medecin. Get outdoors at Castel Plage and Cafe du Cycliste. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya (in Nice) and VinAzur - Vins de provence (in St-Laurent du Var). There's much more to do: take a stroll through La Croisette, look for gifts at L'Antre des Delices, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cannes itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Cannes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, you will find days in Cannes are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Cannes

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, L'Antre des Delices, VinAzur - Vins de provence
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Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, stop by I Tre Mercanti, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and finally stop by L'artista della barbaria.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cannes to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cannes in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square

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