47 days in Western Europe Itinerary

47 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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47 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Grande Prairie, Canada
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
13
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Grande Prairie, Canada

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 3rd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then get outside with Moose X-Training Ltd, then explore the world behind art at The British Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read London tour planner.

Grande Prairie, Canada to London is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Grande Prairie in September, London is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip app .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at 2be Beer Wall and Art Gallery Koetshuis. Step out of the city life by going to Minnewater Lake and Bruges Art Route. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Gravensteen Castle). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges vacation builder app .

Getting from Paris to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and shop like a local with Leidseplein.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace and Stockholm Old Town. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Langholmen and Soderbysjon. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, pause for some photo ops at Gustav II Adolfs Statue, and admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Stockholm day trip app .

Getting from Amsterdam to Stockholm by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Stockholm, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Popular historic sites such as Belvedere Palace and Schonbrunner Gardens are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Schönbrunn Zoo and Prater. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, contemplate the long history of Historic Center of Vienna, stroll through Schonbrunn Palace, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday builder app .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Vienna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in September, expect nights in Vienna to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Giudecca 795 Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with San Marco 801, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, make a trip to St. Mark's Square, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria S.Eufemia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online travel planner .

Fly from Vienna to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in September: high temperatures in Venice hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uffizi Galleries and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Collezione Roberto Casamonti will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

5
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.
Vatican Museums and Trevimage will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as St. Peter's Basilica and Colosseum are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, enjoy the sand and surf at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso. Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and stroll through Parc Guell.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Rio Creative Art Center, and finally take a stroll through Gran Via. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid day trip planning tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Madrid, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Madrid

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

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Church of Adam and Eve. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Malahide Castle in Malahide, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, take in the exciting artwork at James Joyce Cultural Centre, explore the world behind art at Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), and get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Dublin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Madrid to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Madrid in October; daily highs in Dublin reach 16°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, kick back and relax at Fanore Beach, and then look for gifts at Burren Perfumery.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip tool .

You can drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Galway, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Galway

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Fanore Beach, Michael Davitt Museum, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Burren Perfumery
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach

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