26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
8
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
9
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Burg Square, Historic Centre of Brugge, Belfry of Bruges, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Burg Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip planning tool .

London, UK to Bruges is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Manneken Pis, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and other attractions. On the 24th (Sat), admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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.
You've added Leidseplein, Begijnhof, Red Light District, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
You've added Ponte di Rialto, Canal Grande, Gallerie dell'Accademia, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip maker .

Fly from Amsterdam to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Venice reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Uffizi Galleries, and other attractions.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Florence attractions planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Duomo di Pisa as well as Piazza dei Miracoli. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pisa planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Pisa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

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 Trevi Fountain, Musei Capitolini, Pantheon, and other attractions you added.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome journey planner.

You can fly from Pisa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You've added LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea, Spaccanapoli, Pio Monte della Misericordia, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Underground Naples, then see the interesting displays at LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea, then don't miss a visit to Spaccanapoli, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pio Monte della Misericordia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Naples route planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Naples, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Madrid.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums
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Underground Naples ©
Underground Naples
Spaccanapoli ©
Spaccanapoli
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea ©
LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea

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 Plaza Mayor, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado National Museum, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Palacio Real de El Pardo, see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Naples to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Madrid when traveling from Naples in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

5
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.
You've added Casa Batllo, El Barri Gòtic, Barcelona Cathedral, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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