19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Maranello, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
7
Vatican City, Italy
— 2 nights
subway:  15​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Mercado San Miguel, Royal Palace of Madrid, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Estadio Vicente Calderon, then contemplate the long history of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Madrid due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Estadio Vicente Calderon
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Room Escape Games

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tours Barcelona as well as Barcelona City Tour. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia and then hit the sights you want to with Barcelona City Tour. On your second day here, take a spin around town with Free Walking Tours Barcelona.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip generator.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona City Tour ©
Barcelona City Tour

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Venice Free Walking Tour as well as Basilica di San Marco. On the 16th (Sat), explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with San Marco 801. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, gain a rich perspective with Venice Free Walking Tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Wagner.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Barcelona to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 47°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Maranello.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Maranello, Italy

Maranello ©
Maranello is a town and comune in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy, 18 km from Modena, with a population of 17,165 as of 2013. For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Maranello tour planner.

Getting from Venice to Maranello by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Maranello can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Maranello

Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Autodromo di Modena
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Autodromo di Modena ©
Autodromo di Modena
Museo Ferrari ©
Museo Ferrari

3
nights
San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Gimignano Bell Tower, Castello Monteriggioni and Walls of Monteriggioni. Popular historic sites such as Siena Cathedral and Centro Storico di Siena are in your itinerary. Explore San Gimignano's surroundings by going to Siena (Santa Maria della Scala, Piazza del Campo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano tour planner.

Traveling by car from Maranello to San Gimignano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Maranello in December, expect San Gimignano to be somewhat warmer, temps between 53°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Monteriggioni
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Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ponte Vecchio. On the 21st (Thu), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, explore the activities along Arno, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Florence itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Gimignano in December, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vatican City.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

2
nights
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sabbianera Super Beach, delve into the distant past at Ostia Antica, and then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sistine Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then see the interesting displays at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Vatican City travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Florence to Vatican City in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Vatican City are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Sabbianera Super Beach
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Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Passeggiata di Gianicolo, Spanish Steps and Roman Forum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Centrale Montemartini and Museo dell'Ara Pacis will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and explore the engaging exhibits at Explora.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Rome is very close to Vatican City. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona

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