38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h
3
Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Blarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Calgary, Canada

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Attractions like Efteling and ARTIS make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, wander the streets of De 9 Straatjes, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Amsterdam using our trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Calgary to Amsterdam, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Efteling
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Efteling ©
Efteling

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Dun Aonghasa has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Kilmurvey Beach and The Wormhole. Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) and Dun Eoghanachta will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, stop by Mary O'Flaherty, and explore the striking landscape at Blow Holes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Paris to Inishmore with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In July, Inishmore is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta

3
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 20th (Thu): stop by Hazel Mountain Chocolates, then stroll around Coole Park Nature Reserve, then admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Salthill Beaches and then look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Galway are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe, Coole Park Nature Reserve, Hazel Mountain Chocolates
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches

2
nights
Blarney, Ireland

Blarney ©
A small town steeped in history and legends, Blarney provides a convenient base for exploring the southwestern portion of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, hunt for treasures at The English Market, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fota Wildlife Park, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Multose Church.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Blarney road trip planning site .

You can drive from Galway to Blarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Blarney

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cork, Kinsale, Titanic Experience Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum has been added to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Grafton Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Malahide Castle (in Malahide), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Tayto Park (in Ashbourne). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church, take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin vacation planner .

Drive from Blarney to Dublin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Malahide Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House, Portmarnock Beach, Tayto Park
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Quarter, then hunt for treasures at St. George's Market, then explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Scrabo Tower.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast trip itinerary app .

Getting from Dublin to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ulster Folk Museum, Scrabo Tower
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Ulster Folk Museum ©
Ulster Folk Museum
St. George's Market ©
St. George's Market
Scrabo Tower ©
Scrabo Tower

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grassmarket and The Real Mary King's Close. Attractions like Elie Beach and Five Sisters Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, steep yourself in history at Georgian House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Belfast to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Five Sisters Zoo, Elie Beach
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Grassmarket ©
Grassmarket
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town

3
nights
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chepstow Castle, see the interesting displays at Brunel's SS Great Britain, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bristol Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Raglan Castle, steep yourself in history at Tredegar House, and then contemplate the long history of Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cardiff trip maker site .

Fly from Edinburgh to Cardiff in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cardiff, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Birmingham.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bristol, Newport, Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle
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Chepstow Castle ©
Chepstow Castle
Brunel's SS Great Britain ©
Brunel's SS Great Britain
Tredegar House ©
Tredegar House

7
nights
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham ©
Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Warwick Castle and Alton Towers Theme Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Cosford and Powis Castle and Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Birmingham: The Ice Cream Farm (in Tattenhall), Montpellier District (in Cheltenham) and Sudeley Castle (in Winchcombe). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Belton House, explore the ancient world of Tewkesbury Abbey, stop by Cotswold Lavender, and view the masterpieces at British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Birmingham driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cardiff to Birmingham by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Birmingham are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ludlow, Hereford Cathedral, Powis Castle and Garden, Alton Towers Theme Park, Carding Mill Valley
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 11:
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Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Cosford ©
Tewkesbury Abbey ©
Tewkesbury Abbey
Powis Castle and Garden ©
Powis Castle and Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Natural History Museum. Visit Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. The Lanes and Tower of London are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from London to Brighton to see Brighton Beach about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum, walk around St. James's Park, examine the collection at The British Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip app .

Take a train from Birmingham to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in London are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:
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The Lanes ©
The Lanes
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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