29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Nice, France
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Paris, France
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Porto, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque del Retiro, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Madrid day trip website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Madrid, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary site.

Getting from Barcelona to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch & Spas & Wellness). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in April: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem) and Keukenhof (in Lisse). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, visit The Jordaan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip website.

You can fly from Zurich to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Paris, France

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, look for gifts at Livraria Lello, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto travel planner.

You can fly from Paris to Porto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paris to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Porto, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

You can plan Lisbon trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

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.

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

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.