26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 11 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, stroll around Vondelpark, and explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool.

Houston, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Houston in May, with highs in Amsterdam at 63°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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Copenhagen, Denmark

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Roskilde Domkirke (in Roskilde), Helsingoer (Holger Danske & Kronborg) and Frederiksborg Castle (in Hillerod). There's lots more to do: laugh and play at Tivoli Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and wander the streets of Stroeget.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen driving holiday planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Copenhagen to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Istanbul is 2 hours. In June, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Church of Santo Tomé, Catedral Primada, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, and stroll around Casa de Campo.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online visit planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Madrid in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in June, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites

Portugal travel guide

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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.