28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Berlin, Germany
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Warsaw, Poland
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Athens, Greece
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Fira, Greece
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Rome, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain
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Paris, France
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Dublin, Ireland
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, then don't miss a visit to The Amstel, and finally explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and then wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online trip maker.

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in August, with highs in Amsterdam at 72°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, then wander the streets of Mitte, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Wannsee, and finally contemplate the long history of Neues Palais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gemeinde der Russisch-Orthodoxen Kirche, explore the historical opulence of Sanssouci Palace, then admire the natural beauty at Potsdam's Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Schloss Cecilienhof, and finally take an in-depth tour of Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Berlin online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Warsaw.
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Warsaw, Poland — 2 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski), then steep yourself in history at Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, examine the collection at Muzeum Polskiej Wódki (Polish Vodka Museum), then stroll the grounds of Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Warsaw takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae for their historical value. Temple of Hephaestus and Ancient Agora of Athens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Lion Gate (in Mycenae) and Catholic Church of Metamorphosis Tou Sotiros (in Nafplio). Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: visit Plaka, delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike, take a stroll through Anafiotika, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Warsaw to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Warsaw in August, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 92°F and lows about 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 5 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eros Beach and Castelli of Pyrgos. Get a sense of the local culture at Akrotiri and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fira: La Ponta (in Akrotiri) and Windmills of Emporio (in Emporio). There's lots more to do: stroll through Monolithos Beach, do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, explore the historical opulence of Venetian Castle of Santorini, and make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Fira to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Cupola di San Pietro. Get some historical perspective at Pantheon and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, explore the ancient world of Terme di Caracalla, and don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Fira to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to Rome is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Fira in August since evenings lows in Rome dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at CosmoCaixa Barcelona and Casa Batllo. The adventure continues: stroll around Parc Guell, browse the exhibits of Casa Vicens, get great views at The Carmel Bunkers, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip planning site.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Barcelona, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, then explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, Paris is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Explore hidden gems such as Chester Beatty and 14 Henrietta Street. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Powerscourt Gardens and House in Enniskerry--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Dublin Mountains, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church Haddington Road, and get engrossed in the history at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Santorini travel guide

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Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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