28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Washington DC, United States

3
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.
Head to Grafton Street and Olivier Cornet Galleryfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, wander the streets of Temple Bar, contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Dublin. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
For shopping fun, head to Galleria S.Eufemia or Giudecca 795 Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and San Marco 801. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Valdobbiadene (Cantina San Gregorio & PDC Cartizze). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, view the masterpieces at Casa dei Tre Oci, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and shop like a local with Le Stanze del Vetro.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valdobbiadene
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galleria dell'Accademia and Uffizi Galleries. Head to Mercato Centrale and Collezione Roberto Casamontifor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get a taste of the local shopping with Florentine Experience Shopping, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and browse for treasures at Pitti Mosaici.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trips

Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Guardastelle Vineyard
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Shop till you drop at Via Condotti and Porta Portese. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Serra, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder app .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Head to Kallithea Springs and Aromateriefor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village of Lindos and The Church of the Panagia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rhodes Town: Lindos (Agios Pavlos Beach, Lindos Beach, & more). On the 5th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Faliraki Beach. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and enjoy the sand and surf at Anthony Quinn Bay.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Rhodes Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Rhodes Town. Traveling from Rome in June, Rhodes Town is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lindos, Faliraki, Kallithea Springs, Aromaterie
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:
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Faliraki Beach ©
Faliraki Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a stroll through Ermou Street, then wander the streets of Plaka, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Athens Art Gallery, then shop like a local with Onassis Cultural Centre, then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, and finally stop by The Loom.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens online journey planner .

Getting from Rhodes Town to Athens by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Akrotiri and Boutari, J., & Son Wineries S.A. are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery and Gabbiano Nero Sculpture and Art. Get out of town with these interesting Fira side-trips: Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa), Mnemossyne Gallery (in Oia) and Eduart Gjopalaj (in Kamari). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Asimis Kolaitou Art Gallery Santorini, stop by Epilekton, and shop like a local with Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery Santorini.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fira driving holiday app .

Getting from Athens to Fira by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Fira

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamari, Pyrgos, Oia, Akrotiri, Art Space
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery ©
S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Artemis Karamolegos Winery ©
Artemis Karamolegos Winery

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The British Museum and National Gallery. Head to Covent Garden and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary artfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, make a trip to Harrods, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the London trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Fira to London in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Fira to London is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Fira in June, with highs in London at 68°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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