15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Portland, United States

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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, walk around Phoenix Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planner .

Portland, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Dublin, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Portland in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

1
day
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Fly from Dublin to Barcelona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Barcelona is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in August, with highs in Barcelona at 83°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

1
night
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 16th (Fri): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Venice travel route builder website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Venice, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the next day, delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 19th (Mon), wander the streets of Plaka, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rome in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
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.
On the 20th (Tue), snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and then make a splash at Palatinus Strandfürdő. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel route planning site .

You can fly from Athens to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Budapest is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Athens in August, with highs in Budapest at 82°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Budapest

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens. On the next day, examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Budapest to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get slightly colder in Copenhagen: highs are around 71°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 24th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then see the interesting displays at Skansen, then see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, and finally get outside with Riddarholmen. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Junibacken, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, and then explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm online travel route builder .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Stockholm are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

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