16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States


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3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur), Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd) and Strokkur (in Geysir). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, steep yourself in history at Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition, and have some family-friendly fun at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary tool .

Chicago, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Reykjavik, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Falls, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Strokkur
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Food Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the world behind art at The British Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge and then get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our London trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Reykjavik to London in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in December, with highs in London at 50°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip site .

You can fly from London to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 41°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Berlin sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planning tool .

Getting from Berlin to Barcelona by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Alfama and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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