60 days in Western Europe Itinerary

60 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Kalmar, Sweden
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 1 night
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Seville, Spain
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Port-Choiseul. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary maker site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Wyden Badi, then contemplate the long history of Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rapperswil, and finally steep yourself in history at Capuchin Friary. Keep things going the next day: stop by Old Town and then wander the streets of Niederdorf.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

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Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Roberto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip maker site.

Getting from Zurich to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Nuremberg, Germany

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Nuremberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Nuremberg

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Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 7th (Wed), make a trip to Fountain of Justice.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. June in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tegeler See. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Mitte, then take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears, then get outside with Strandbar Mitte, and finally contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Berlin itinerary planner.

Fly from Frankfurt to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 12th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Assistens Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alban's Church, then contemplate the long history of Vore Faldne statue, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Amager Strandpark. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke).

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kalmar.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Kalmar, Sweden

— 1 night
Kalmar is a city in the southeast of Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. On the 14th (Wed), see the interesting displays at James Bond 007 Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Klackeberga Kyrka.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kalmar trip planner.

Drive from Copenhagen to Kalmar in 4 hours. In June in Kalmar, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Kalmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Strandvagen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Skogskyrkogarden, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Royal Armory. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Riddarholmen Church, then examine the collection at Vasa Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Medeltidsmuseet.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Kalmar to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Oslo.

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Oslo, Norway

— 3 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Oslomarka, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning). On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood, take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, then browse the exhibits of 22 July Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum).

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You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Oslo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aarhus.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Aarhus, Denmark

— 1 night

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
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Getting from Oslo to Aarhus by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will leave for Hamburg on the 20th (Tue).

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Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of St Nikolai Memorial, then stop by HafenCity, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Wildpark Schwarze Berge, identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Lueneburger Heide, then wander the streets of Deichstrasse, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Petri Kirche.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hamburg trip website.

Drive from Aarhus to Hamburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Canals area (in Utrecht) and Strand Muiderberg (in Muiderberg). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brouwerij 't IJ.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Hamburg to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. In June, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 27:

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bruges Art Route and Sonian Forest. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Torture Museum Oude Steen, Church of Our Lady Bruges, &more). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Atomium, admire the masterpieces at Van Buuren Museum, see the interesting displays at Autoworld, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Brussels tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Brussels are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

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Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place de la Bourse and Port of the Moon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau Paloumey and Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau de Villandraut (in Villandraut), Bazas Cathedrale (in Bazas) and Chateau de Cazeneuve (in Prechac). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, do a tasting at Chateau La Croizille, delve into the distant past at La Tour du Chateau du Roy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Prieure des Benedictins.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ville medieval and Place Rossetti. Visit Monastère de Cimiez and Tourrettes-sur-Loup for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Old Town (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze, stroll through Plage de la Mariniere, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, and explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice visit app.

Getting from Bordeaux to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in July, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutat Vella for their historical value. Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt in Santa Coloma de Cervello (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, take a stroll through El Born, and get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Museo Cerralbo. Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Plaza Mayor will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madrid online itinerary maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: highs in Madrid hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Take a break from the city and head to Guincho Beach and Speed Boats Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Praia de Carcavelos (in Carcavelos) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Museu de Marinha, and examine the collection at Museu Colecao Berardo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in July, things will get slightly colder in Lisbon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla de San Jose, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then make a trip to Plaza del Triunfo, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Lisbon to Seville by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Seville. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Seville hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Sweden travel guide

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Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Norway travel guide

4.2
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.