26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston, United States

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 Begijnhof. Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Strand Camperduin (in Schoorl) and Natuurgebied Zwanenwater (in Callantsoog). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Jordaan and meet the residents at ARTIS.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Houston in October: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 59°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Natuurgebied Zwanenwater, Strand Camperduin
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
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 (Wed), see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), then get engrossed in the history at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary website .

Getting from Amsterdam to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 11th (Fri), take a stroll through Old Town Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally browse the exhibits of St. George's Basilica.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Prague visit site .

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, appreciate the views at Dera Creek, and then admire the verdant scenery at Ram Szakadek. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Budapest online itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Dera Creek, Ram Szakadek
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Ram Szakadek ©
Ram Szakadek
Thermal Spas

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, take a stroll through Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planning app .

Getting from Budapest to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Budapest in October, Venice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Placa Espanya, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then explore the galleries of Casa Batllo, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally wander the streets of Ciutat Vella.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona route planner.

You can fly from Venice to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in October: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 73°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité. On the next day, explore the activities along Seine River, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in October, with highs in Paris at 62°F and lows at 48°F. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally take a stroll through Place St. Gery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Brussels planning app .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for slightly colder days in Brussels, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mechelen, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
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.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and then examine the collection at The British Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Churchill War Rooms, get engrossed in the history at Westminster Abbey, then get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read London day trip planning website .

Getting from Brussels to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to London due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in London can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wicklow Mountains National Park. On your second day here, take a stroll through Temple Bar, browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, then take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Dublin sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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