26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— Few hours
End: Paris, France

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Champs-Elysees and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In July, daytime highs in Paris are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Aare Gorge and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Take a break from the city and head to The Eiger Trail and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm), Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum (in Brienz) and Molitor (in Wengen). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip planner .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Bern in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Bern, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Interlaken, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Molitor, Aare Gorge, The Eiger Trail
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The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Step out of the city life by going to Spiaggia di Onno and Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar. Visit Duomo di Milano and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Bellagioseta (in Bellagio) and Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and examine the collection at Castello Sforzesco.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milan route planner .

Traveling by train from Bern to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bern in August, expect Milan to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Onno, Villa Carlotta, Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar, Bellagioseta
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

4
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.
Palatine Hill and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, kick back and relax at V Lounge Beach Club, and explore the striking landscape at Passeggiata di Gianicolo.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome tour builder .

Traveling by train from Milan to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Pantheon and then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. On the next day, stroll through Canal Saint-Martin, stop by Les Expressives, stop by Edwart Chocolatier, then examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie, and finally look for gifts at Justine Red.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Shopping Parks
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Musee de l'Orangerie ©
Musee de l'Orangerie
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms. Do some cultural sightseeing at Westminster Abbey and Victoria and Albert Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, hunt for treasures at Camden Market, head outdoors with Moose X-Training Ltd, and get engrossed in the history at British Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in London are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a stroll through Le Marais, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker site .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Paris Plage ©
Paris Plage

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at Anne Frank House, then choose your vessel at Flagship Amsterdam, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Brouwersgracht. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Flower Market / Bloemenmarkt.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

few
hours
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bruges road trip tool .

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Shopping
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The Chocolate Line Bruges ©
The Chocolate Line Bruges
The Markt ©
The Markt

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