21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati, United States
Fly + Bus:  16​h 15​min
1
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  7​h
5
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
7
Sighisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati, United States

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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 4th (Mon): make a trip to Eyre Square, then head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, and then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galway online trip itinerary maker .

Cincinnati, USA to Galway is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cincinnati in May; daily highs in Galway reach 57°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Galway to Paris in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Galway to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Galway in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then admire the striking features of Castello Sforzesco, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Milan vacation builder app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Milan hover around 73°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the next day, make a trip to L’importuno di Michelangelo, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence attractions website .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. May in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, take some stellar pictures from Sunset in Oia, enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fira vacation planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Florence to Fira in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Florence in May, Fira is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 16th (Sat), take a stroll through Plaka, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Athens takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sighisoara.

Things to do in Athens

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

2
nights
Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara ©
As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to Torre do Relogio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church on the Hill, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sighisoara Historic Center. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Croitorilor, take an unorthodox tour of Casa Vlad Dracul, view the masterpieces at Art & Crafts, then go for a walk through Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, then get engrossed in the history at The History Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Fortified Church of Biertan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sighisoara trip site .

Drive from Athens to Sighisoara in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May, Sighisoara is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 72°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Sighisoara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The Fortified Church of Biertan
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Art & Crafts ©
Art & Crafts
Sighisoara Historic Center
Sighisoara Historic Center
Sighisoara Clock Tower ©
Sighisoara Clock Tower

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sighisoara to Berlin. The time zone difference when traveling from Sighisoara to Berlin is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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