26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  18​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
2
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly + tram:  5​h
4
Lyon, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamon Museum and East Side Gallery. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Berlin journey builder website .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Berlin is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topographie des Terrors ©
Topographie des Terrors
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

3
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Stallhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Martin Kirche, then get to know the fascinating history of Kunsthofpassage, then admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, and finally make a trip to Frauenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then make a trip to Zwinger.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dresden day trip planning site .

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
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Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) ©
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague Castle and Lobkowicz Palace will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, wander the streets of Mala strana, stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague holiday planning tool .

Getting from Dresden to Prague by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain and then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Lyon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planning app .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Grand Place and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), wander the streets of Lower Town, don't miss a visit to Atomium, and examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

6
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 historical perspective at Anne Frank House and De Duif. Rijksmuseum and The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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