17 days in Europe & Beirut Itinerary

17 days in Europe & Beirut Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
2
Beirut, Lebanon
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your list of things to see and do now includes St Stephens Green, Guinness Storehouse, Irish Whiskey Museum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): shop like a local with Grafton Street, walk around St Stephens Green, get engrossed in the history at Irish Famine Exhibition, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then see the interesting displays at Irish Whiskey Museum, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Irish Music Bar Tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip builder website.

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Dublin. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Dublin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

6
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Escape the urban bustle at The Cedars of God and Qadisha Valley. Temples of Baalbek and Baalbek Roman Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Beirut side-trips: Bcharre (Our Lady of Diman Church, Gibran Museum, &more), Saydet el Hosn Lady of the Fortress (in Ehden) and Beit Eddine (in Beiteddine). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, contemplate the long history of Byblos Citadel, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint John-Marc Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Tyre Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Beirut travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Beirut takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Beirut is 2 hours. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect nights in Beirut to be warmer, around 75°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bcharre, Byblos, Sur, Baalbeck, Zahle
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Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rade de Toulon and Eglise St-Trophime. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage de L'Argentiere. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Les Antiques & Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole) and Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Musee du Petit Palais, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Beirut to Marseille takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Marseille is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Beirut in July since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Arles, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, La Londe Les Maures, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musee d'Orsay. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, make a trip to La Madeleine, examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally stop by Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, Paris is little chillier than Marseille - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Big Ben, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, take a stroll through Westminster, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and finally take a stroll through South Bank.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in July, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection

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