29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

29 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Nice, France
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glendalough Cathedral and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Bray (Cliff Walk Car Park Bray & Bray Head), Vagabond Tours (in Greystones) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures.

Discover how to plan a Dublin trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Village & Staubbach Waterfall) and Vieille Ville de Thoune (in Thun). There's much more to do: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne day trip app.

You can fly from Dublin to Lucerne in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in May, you will find days in Lucerne are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Nice.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colline du Chateau overlook and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Be Free 2 Dive in Villeneuve-Loubet--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and visit Île de la Cité.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in May; daily highs in Paris reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as BrakeAway Bike Tours and Greenwich. There's still lots to do: walk around Regent's Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the London trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in London are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Grassmarket. Explore Edinburgh's surroundings by going to St Aiden Beach (in Bamburgh) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Seahouses). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Holyrood Park, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and explore the world behind art at Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Reykjavik.
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Reykjavik, Iceland — 2 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, try out the rides at Sundhollin Public Baths, then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager, then see the interesting displays at The Icelandic Punk Museum, and finally take a memorable drive along Ring Road. On the next day, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the world behind art at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and then see some colorful creatures with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Reykjavik trip planning tool.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Reykjavik in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, you will find days in Reykjavik are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.
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Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Spas · Churches
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.
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