23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+4
train + bus + Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Los Angeles, United States

2
days
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Rosenborg Castle, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, then take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue). Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens and then take in panoramic vistas at Rundetaarn.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Copenhagen road trip website .

Los Angeles, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in Copenhagen are colder (52°F), and nights are a bit cooler (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetaarn ©
Rundetaarn
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
days
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay and then explore the world behind art at Musee du Louvre.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris trip maker site .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Copenhagen in April, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bern.

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Musee du Louvre ©
Musee du Louvre
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
days
Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 5th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, then look for gifts at Mad Cow, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Bern in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, Bern is slightly colder at night with lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

#Outdoors, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Interlaken, Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mad Cow ©
Mad Cow
Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland
Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Sat), wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich journey planner .

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

#Nature, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
days
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 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Porta della Carta, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, get lost in a book at Museo Correr, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip website .

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in April, with highs in Venice at 65°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Florence sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

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

3
days
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Go for a jaunt from Fira to Perissa to see Perissa Black Sand Beach about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, and hike along Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rome to Fira takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Fira. Traveling from Rome in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Fira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Fira

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Hiking Trail Fira - Oia
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

2
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila "La Pedrera", and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel route planner.

Getting from Fira to Barcelona by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Barcelona. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
days
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Queen Sofia Arts Center (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia), and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, expect little chillier with lows of 46°F in Madrid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) ©
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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