23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as well as Wake Up Free Tours Madrid. There's more to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip maker tool.

Bogota, Colombia to Madrid is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 Camp Nou as well as Parc Guell. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally see where the action happens at Camp Nou.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour itinerary website.

Fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Venice online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip website.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in May: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, then see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then see the interesting displays at Kantcentrum, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bruges travel route planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

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 18th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, walk around Vondelpark, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and finally take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Belgium travel guide

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A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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