29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
nights
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.
Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at St. Mark's Square and San Giorgio Maggiore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice sightseeing planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Venice is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Venice is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect nights in Venice to be little chillier, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Siena Cathedral and The Baptistery of St. John. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza del Duomo and Piazza del Campo. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Contrada della Torre in Siena, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence route builder .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Visit St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rome journey builder .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Visit Duomo di Ravello and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Storico Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Step out of Ravello with an excursion to Chiesa San Pietro Apostolo in Cetara--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Trofimena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow (Sancturio Maria Santissima Addolorata), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ravello tour website .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amalfi, Scala, Chiesa San Pietro Apostolo, Chiesa di San Francesco, Basilica di Santa Trofimena
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo ©
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

2
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visit Chiesa di San Francesco and Castello di Vicari for their historical value. Duomo di Monreale and Santuario Madonna dell'Olio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica San Pietro (in Collesano), Castelbuono (Chiesa Maria SS. Assunta - Matrice Vecchia & Castello dei Ventimiglia) and Polizzi Generosa (Chiesa Madre Santa Maria Maggiore & Ruderi della Chiesa della Commenda). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Palermo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Palermo trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Ravello to Palermo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelbuono, Polizzi Generosa, Chiesa di San Francesco, Santuario Madonna dell'Olio, Basilica San Pietro
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Duomo di Monreale ©
Duomo di Monreale
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Chiesa Madre Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Chiesa Madre Santa Maria Maggiore

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Picasso, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip website .

Getting from Palermo to Barcelona by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Jeronimos Monastery and Park and National Palace of Pena will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Estrela.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Grote Markt. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) in Haarlem, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take a stroll through The Jordaan, contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and stroll through Vondelpark.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour builder website .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Haarlem
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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