18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the London day trip planning app.

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to London due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in May: high temperatures in London hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
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.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, have a blast at Grona Lunds Tivoli, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm online day trip planner.

Getting from London to Stockholm by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from London to Stockholm, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Stockholm sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Salvador, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, and stop by Venice Art Mask.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice road trip tool.

Getting from Stockholm to Venice by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in May; daily highs in Venice reach 72°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

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Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
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 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): visit Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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