17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning website.

Boston, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

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: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and walk around Hyde Park.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in London sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and finally make a trip to Blach Watch. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, then take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Glasgow.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Glasgow, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Scotland's Style Capital

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Glasgow: Falkirk Wheel (in Falkirk) and Stirling Castle (in Stirling). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, examine the collection at The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, and pause for some photo ops at Glasgow Cenotaph.

Before you visit Glasgow, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, wander the streets of Temple Bar, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin.

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

Fly from Glasgow to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Dublin, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Galway, Ireland

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): walk around Eyre Square, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, and then make a trip to Quay Street. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip builder site.

You can take a train from Dublin to Galway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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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.

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.