19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  8​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Toledo, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Uberlingen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and finally see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, steep yourself in history at Museo Cerralbo, see the interesting displays at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, then explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, then examine the collection at Caixa Forum, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Madrid day trip planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Madrid is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Madrid. While traveling from Cape Town, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

3
nights
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Explore hidden gems such as Catedral Primada and Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Museum-lovers will appreciate El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum and Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Puerta de Bisagra, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Servando, explore the world behind art at Museo de Santa Cruz, and examine the collection at Victorio Macho Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Toledo journey maker app .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Toledo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Toledo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toledo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Puerta de Bisagra
Puerta de Bisagra

4
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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Girona Cathedral (Catedral) for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and Vila Vella (Old Town). Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Girona (Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya & Film Museum (Museu del Cinema)). There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, examine the collection at Poble Espanyol, browse the exhibits of Casa Museu Gaudí, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

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Traveling by train from Toledo to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Toledo in July, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Girona, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Nissim de Camondo. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, contemplate the long history of Place de la Bastille, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then take an in-depth tour of Museum Van Loon, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Bags and Purses, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pieterskerk Leiden, then learn more about the world around you at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and then examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Leiden trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Leiden in an hour. Another option is to drive. In July in Leiden, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uberlingen.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums Historic Sites
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Molenmuseum de Valk ©
Molenmuseum de Valk
Naturalis Biodiversity Center ©
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Pieterskerk Leiden ©
Pieterskerk Leiden

2
nights
Uberlingen, Germany

Uberlingen ©
Überlingen is a German city on the northern shore of Lake Constance (Bodensee). Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Burg Meersburg, see the interesting displays at Zeppelin Museum Meersburg, take an in-depth tour of Dornier Museum, then examine the collection at Zeppelin Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Ravensburger. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Mainau, don't miss a visit to Muenster Unserer Lieben Frau, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Niederburg).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uberlingen trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Leiden to Uberlingen with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Uberlingen can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Uberlingen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Konstanz, Meersburg (Bodensee), Friedrichshafen, Museum Ravensburger
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Zeppelin Museum ©
Zeppelin Museum
Mainau ©
Mainau
Museum Ravensburger ©
Museum Ravensburger

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum Embankment, explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and finally admire the striking features of Romer.

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You can drive from Uberlingen to Frankfurt in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Museum Embankment ©
Museum Embankment

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