22 days in Western Europe Itinerary

22 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, visit Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, admire the striking features of Stadhuis, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then make a trip to The Markt, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

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 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, then make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip tool.

You can fly from Brussels to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brussels in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence journey planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and then delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome online attractions planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Rome are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 17th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally stop by Plaka.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Museu Picasso. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona journey tool.

You can fly from Athens to Barcelona in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a stroll through Bairro Alto, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then wander the streets of Alfama, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally wander the streets of Rossio Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip site.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.