31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
3
Carloforte, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
subway + train:  3​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, wander the streets of Belém Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then take a stroll through Rossio Square, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Alfama, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon attractions site .

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time is 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
night
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 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then examine the collection at Casa Batllo, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Picasso, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carloforte.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Carloforte, Italy

Carloforte ©
Carloforte is a fishing and resort town of located on Isola di San Pietro, approximately 7km off the southwestern coast of Sardinia, in southern Sardinia, Italy.HistoryAccording to a legend, a local church was founded in the early 14th century in honour of hundreds of participants to the so-called Children's Crusade of 1212 who perished in a shipwreck just off the island on their way to North Africa during a gale. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Conca and Spiaggia di Cala Fico. Escape the urban bustle at Beach & Sea and Spiaggia di Girin. Explore Carloforte's surroundings by going to Cattedrale San Pietro Apostolo (in Terralba), Capo San Marco (in San Giovanni di Sinis) and Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre (in Cabras). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Delle Colonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria di Monserrato, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Sandalo.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carloforte tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Barcelona to Carloforte. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect nights in Carloforte to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Carloforte

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cattedrale di Santa Maria di Monserrato, Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre, Beach & Sea, Capo San Marco, Cattedrale San Pietro Apostolo
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Spiaggia di Cala Fico ©
Spiaggia di Cala Fico
Spiaggia di Girin ©
Spiaggia di Girin
Cape Sandalo ©
Cape Sandalo

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Do your shopping at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico Ravello. Step out of Ravello to go to Positano and see Fornillo, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, kick back and relax at Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Ravello, and don't miss a visit to Villa Rufolo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ravello road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Carloforte to Ravello with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carloforte in May: highs in Ravello hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi, Fornillo
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

Getting from Ravello to Rome by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Rome. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Piazza del Campo about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Siena
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square

3
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori and Terzisart. Get some historical perspective at Agia Irini Convent and St. Nicholas Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Episkopi Beach (in Episkopi), Small Triopetra Beach (in Triopetra) and Agios Pavlos beach (in Agios Pavlos). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, look for gifts at mariannas, take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, and kick back and relax at Kalyves Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rethymnon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Venice to Rethymnon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rethymnon when traveling from Venice in May, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Church, Agios Pavlos beach, Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori, Kalyves Beach, Agia Irini Convent
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Agia Irini Convent ©
Agia Irini Convent

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, then examine the collection at Skansen, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Fotografiska, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip maker site .

Fly from Rethymnon to Stockholm in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rethymnon to Stockholm is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rethymnon in May, with highs in Stockholm at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

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 Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stockholm in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 49°F in Paris. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) 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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