21 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

21 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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21 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
5
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
6
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
7
New York City, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Milwaukee, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eiffel Tower as well as Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise). Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Palace of Versailles. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner .

Madison, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Paris is 7 hours. August in Paris sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
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.
Platform 9 3/4 has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Platform 9 3/4, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Greenwich. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and then steep yourself in history at Churchill War Rooms.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in London are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Staigue Fort, then step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, and finally stroll through The Kerry Way.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney online route maker .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from London to Killarney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from London in August, plan for slightly colder days in Killarney, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Dublin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Staigue Fort
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Skibbereen Heritage Centre ©
Skibbereen Heritage Centre

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brittas Bay and Powerscourt Gardens and House. Escape the urban bustle at Castlecomer Discovery Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Wicklow Mountains National Park in Glendalough Village--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse and pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dublin travel route planning website .

Take a train from Killarney to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Castlecomer Discovery Park, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Brittas Bay, Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

3
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Visiting Loch Coruisk and RHA Waterfall will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunvegan Castle & Gardens and Trumpan Church. There's much more to do: get outside with Skye Adventure, contemplate the long history of Dun Beag Broch, take in the exciting artwork at Uig Pottery, and explore the historical opulence of Duntulm Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isle of Skye trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dublin to Isle of Skye in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Isle of Skye sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Loch Coruisk ©
Loch Coruisk
Trumpan Church ©
Trumpan Church

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle and then wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh travel route builder website .

You can drive from Isle of Skye to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

1
night
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Gateway National Recreation. On your second day here, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, then make a trip to Times Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to New York City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in September, with highs in New York City at 80°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Times Square ©
Times Square

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