23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 day
Train:  4 h
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
9
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
11
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Lima, Peru

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Stadio Santiago Bernabeu as well as Puerta de Alcala. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and finally appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary maker tool .

Lima, Peru to Madrid is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Lima in May, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. You'll set off for Barcelona on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Historic Sites
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 list of things to see and do now includes Barceloneta Beach, Bunker del Carmel, Barcelona Cathedral, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou, stroll around Parc Guell, head outdoors with Bunker del Carmel, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel route planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Moulin Rouge, Pont Alexandre III, Seine River, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, stroll around Parc du Champ de Mars, then snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III, and finally don't miss a visit to Esplanade des Invalides. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Montparnasse Tower, then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
day
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 Historic Centre of Brugge, Burg Square and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, don't miss a visit to Burg Square, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then stroll through Vondelpark, and finally take a stroll through Red Light District. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin day trip website .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buda Castle. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Parliament, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Berlin to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll set off for Salzburg on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Salzburger Altstadt as well as Red Bull Hangar-7. On the 26th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg vacation builder site .

Take a train from Budapest to Salzburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for little chillier days in Salzburg, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

1
night
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 27th (Mon): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice trip planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Salzburg in May, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid tour site .

Getting from Rome to Madrid by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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