15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Columbus, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Naxos, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Columbus, United States

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, steep yourself in history at Dublin Castle, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at James Joyce Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin online trip itinerary maker .

Columbus, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Columbus to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in June, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 64°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

1
night
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Portara, stroll through Alyko Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Fish & Olive, then stop by Naxia Gi, and finally examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maragas Beach, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Naxos trip maker .

Fly from Dublin to Naxos in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dublin to Naxos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Naxos: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Maragas Beach ©
Maragas Beach

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Monastery of Profitis Ilias and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Perissa Black Sand Beach and Santo Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Fira side-trips: Perivolos (in Perivolos), Castelli of Emporio (in Emporio) and Eduart Gjopalaj (in Kamari). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Art Space, and get great views at Sunset in Oia.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fira driving holiday planner .

Ride a ferry from Naxos to Fira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pyrgos, Akrotiri, Perivolos, Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Castelli of Emporio
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:
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Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

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 2nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then explore the world behind art at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in July, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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 Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get some historical perspective at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Champs-Elysees. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florence in July; daily highs in Paris reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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