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
5
Blarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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
10
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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 De Duif. 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 much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and wander the streets of De 9 Straatjes.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET) is 8 hours. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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 Champs-Elysees. 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 step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

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

Museums Historic Sites 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 Blow Holes. Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) and Dun Duchathair will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wormhole, explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, and look for gifts at Mary O'Flaherty.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Paris to Inishmore with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get little chillier in Inishmore: highs are around 22°C and lows about 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 Duchathair ©
Dun Duchathair

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 take in nature's colorful creations at Coole Park Nature Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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.

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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Coole Park Nature Reserve, Burren Nature Sanctuary, Hazel Mountain Chocolates
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Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Burren Nature Sanctuary ©
Burren Nature Sanctuary

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, Fota Wildlife Park, Titanic Experience Cobh
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Fota Wildlife Park ©
Fota Wildlife Park

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 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 Malahide Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Portmarnock Beach (in Portmarnock) and Tayto Park (in Ashbourne). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church, wander the streets of Grafton Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens.

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

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Portmarnock Beach, Malahide Castle, Tayto Park
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
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 & Transport 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 Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Scrabo Tower, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum ©
Ulster Folk & Transport 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grassmarket and Georgian House. Get some historical perspective at Edinburgh Old Town and The Real Mary King's Close. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Elie Beach (in Elie) and Five Sisters Zoo (in West Calder). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, make a trip to The Royal Mile, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh sightseeing planner .

Getting from Belfast to Edinburgh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Elie Beach, Five Sisters Zoo
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Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Grassmarket ©
Grassmarket

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 train and flight; 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 catch the train 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 The Ice Cream Farm. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Cosford and Sudeley Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Birmingham: Belton House (in Grantham), Alton Towers (in Alton) and Montpellier District (in Cheltenham). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Powis Castle and Garden, delve into the distant past at Tewkesbury Abbey, look for all kinds of wild species at Carding Mill Valley, and view the masterpieces at British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Birmingham trip planner.

Take a train from Cardiff to Birmingham in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ludlow, Sudeley Castle, Montpellier District, Cotswold Lavender, British Ironworks Centre & Shropshire Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 11:
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Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Cosford ©
Tewkesbury Abbey ©
Tewkesbury Abbey
Sudeley Castle ©
Sudeley Castle

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 The Lanes for their historical value. The British Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from London to Brighton to see Brighton Beach about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tower of London, admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and stroll around St. James's Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the London trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Birmingham to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in London sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. 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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