18 days in Western Europe & Italy Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe & Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe & Italy Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  5​h
2
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + tram + train:  7​h 30​min
5
Assisi, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
8
Noto, Italy
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Baudile, stop by World of Disney, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes, then examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts et Metiers, examine the collection at Musée du Parfum, make a trip to Place Vendome, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Palace, then take in the views from Pont-Neuf, and finally steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Paris dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Eglise Saint Baudile, World of Disney, Chateau of Vincennes
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Memorial De La Shoah ©
Memorial De La Shoah
World of Disney ©
World of Disney
Hotel de Ville ©
Hotel de Ville

2
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Old Station Tintern, don't miss a visit to The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon, then don't miss a visit to Great Pulteney Street, then admire the striking features of Queens Square, and finally admire the striking features of Bath City Church. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Caldicot Castle, contemplate the long history of Blaise Hamlet, then make a trip to Admiral Arthur Phillip Memorial Globe, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Bath Architecture, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Church Without.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bath online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bath takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Paris to Bath, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to York.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Saxon Church, Bradford on Avon, The Old Station Tintern, Blaise Hamlet, Caldicot Castle
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The Old Station Tintern ©
The Old Station Tintern
Caldicot Castle ©
Caldicot Castle
Bath City Church ©
Bath City Church

2
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Fudge Kitchen York, then get engrossed in the history at Richard III Experience at Monk Bar, then take an in-depth tour of Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar, and finally stroll around Rowntree Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Bydoulre Tower, brush up on your military savvy at The York Army Museum, admire the landmark architecture of The Hospitium, then steep yourself in history at Bootham Bar, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brew York, and finally get engrossed in the history at Monkbar Gate York.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the York online itinerary maker .

Getting from Bath to York by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in York are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Richard III Experience at Monk Bar ©
Richard III Experience at Monk Bar
Bootham Bar ©
Bootham Bar

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 Blackness Castle and The Old Town Jail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum of Edinburgh and Aberdour Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Callendar House (in Falkirk), Dunblane Cathedral (in Dunblane) and Stirling (Stirling Bridge, Church of the Holy Rude, & more). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Pickering's Gin Distillery, steep yourself in history at Hopetoun House, admire the landmark architecture of The Royal Burgh of Culross, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh online itinerary planner .

Take a train from York to Edinburgh in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from York, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Edinburgh, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Stirling, Callendar House, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Blackness Castle, The Royal Burgh of Culross
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Blackness Castle ©
Blackness Castle
Greyfriars Kirkyard ©
Greyfriars Kirkyard
Callendar House ©
Callendar House

1
night
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo del Tesoro e Collezione F.M. Perkins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, don't miss a visit to Piazza Inferiore di San Francesco, then contemplate the long history of Casa del Maestri Comacini, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally don't miss a visit to Oratorio S. Francesco Piccolino.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Assisi day trip site .

Getting from Edinburgh to Assisi by combination of flight and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Assisi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, expect nights in Assisi to be somewhat warmer, around 64°F, while days are much hotter, around 89°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Storico di Assisi ©
Centro Storico di Assisi
Casa del Maestri Comacini ©
Casa del Maestri Comacini

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abazzia di Torri, view the masterpieces at Balducci Ceramics, then admire the landmark architecture of Mura di San Gimignano, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Gagliardi, and finally gain insight at Scuola di Cucina di Lella. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Palazzo Chigi Saracini, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella di Piazza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga di Siena, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, then have fun and explore at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici, and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo Piccolomini.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Siena itinerary builder site .

Drive from Assisi to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Abazzia di Torri
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Abazzia di Torri ©
Abazzia di Torri
Cappella di Piazza ©
Cappella di Piazza
Sinagoga di Siena ©
Sinagoga di Siena

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, stroll the grounds of Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, then browse the exhibits of Palazzo Strozzi, then examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, and finally get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence online trip builder .

You can take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Noto.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
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Church and Museum of Orsanmichele ©
Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico ©
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi

2
nights
Noto, Italy

Noto ©
Noto is a city and comune in the Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Farmacia Vindigni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Carlo Borromeo, don't miss a visit to Palazzo Ducezio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Madonna del Carmine, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Domenico, and finally steep yourself in history at Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Monastero del San salvatore, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Castelluccio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Chiara, steep yourself in history at Villa Romana del Tellaro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia Ss Annunziata.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Noto travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florence to Noto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ispica, Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
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Chiesa San Domenico ©
Chiesa San Domenico
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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