31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 2nd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then admire the natural beauty at National Garden, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Athens online visit planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Athens is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Barcelona hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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.
Family-friendly places like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris travel route planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like St. Paul's Cathedral and Natural History Museum. Step out of London with an excursion to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Burford--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Tower Bridge, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the London road trip planning site .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kilmainham Gaol and St Stephens Green. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Curracloe Beach in Curracloe--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Merrion Square, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip tool .

You can fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Curracloe Beach
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Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Bring the kids along to Vasa Museum and Skansen. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, steep yourself in history at Drottningholm Palace, and learn about all things military at Royal Armory.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm trip planner .

Fly from Dublin to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Stockholm. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Junibacken ©
Junibacken
Skansen ©
Skansen

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tivoli Gardens and National Museum of Denmark. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Nyhavn, make a trip to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Neighborhoods Theme Parks
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Prater. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in August, things will get a bit warmer in Vienna: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Family-friendly places like Halaszbastya and Hősök tere will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Eger Castle in Eger (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Palatinus Strandfürdő, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip maker tool .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Eger Castle
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája ©

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