18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Regensburg, Germany
— 1 day
8
Regensburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
End: Madrid, Spain

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional del Prado and Casa de Campo. Venture out of the city with trips to Segovia Aqueduct (in Segovia) and Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, explore the world behind art at Museum Sorolla, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia San Antonio De La Florida.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel itinerary creator.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral Primada, Playa del Alberche, Boca del Asno, Acueduct of Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Casa Batlló, make a trip to El Cafè de la Pedrera, pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, stroll through Park Güell, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nova Mar Bella Beach, and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, stroll through La Barceloneta, then kick back and relax at Platja de la Nova Icaria, and finally choose your vessel at Sailing Experience Barcelona.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona custom trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Musée Rodin. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Île de la Cité. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, and stroll through Paris Plage.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): stroll through Lido Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, Venice is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Padua, Blue Moon
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 23rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mediterranea, kick back and relax at V Lounge Beach Club, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Sabbianera Super Beach
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Rome to Munich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in September; daily highs in Munich reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Regensburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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day
Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg ©
One of Germany’s oldest towns and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg today offers a medieval charm not found in many of the country’s cities today.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedral of St Peter's, then wander the streets of Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Befreiungshalle Kelheim, and finally take an in-depth tour of Walhalla.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Regensburg travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Munich to Regensburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Regensburg.

Things to do in Regensburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Befreiungshalle Kelheim, Walhalla
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Befreiungshalle Kelheim ©
Befreiungshalle Kelheim
Walhalla ©
Walhalla
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's

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night
Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Hollohe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Regensburg trip builder.

You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Munich.

Things to do in Regensburg

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Wildpark Hollohe
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's
Stiftskirche Sankt Johann am Dom ©
Stiftskirche Sankt Johann am Dom

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night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, admire all the interesting features of Allianz Arena, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg), then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Regensburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Lenbachhaus ©
Lenbachhaus

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Madrid in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, Madrid is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Caixa Forum ©
Caixa Forum
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

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