17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Seville, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly + Tram:  4 h 30 min
4
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Boston, United States

5
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seville side-trips: Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba (in Cordoba) and Ronda (Mirador Paseo Blas Infante & Puente Nuevo). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, deepen your understanding at Royal Tobacco Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, and get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville trip itinerary planner .

Boston, USA to Seville is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Seville. In April, Seville is somewhat warmer than Boston - with highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Ronda, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, stroll around Casa de Campo, and admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Madrid online attractions planner .

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Seville in April, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, get to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur, then have some family-friendly fun at DreamAway Lyon, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and finally examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lyon online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Barcelona to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lyon, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation planning tool .

Take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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