Museums Trips in Europe

7 Days of Design in Denmark

Tivoli Gardens gary718/Shutterstock
Fly into: Copenhagen Fly out of: Copenhagen
Total Duration: 7 days

Start with the museums and chic shops of Copenhagen, then move to Kolding, home to Denmark's preeminent design school. Finish in Billund, where a visit to Legoland shows just how much fun design can be.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Shopping
  • Art and Culture
  • Nightlife
  • Museums

Classic Trips: Athens to Istanbul

Antiphellos Kas Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 13 days

Take in the best of Greece and Turkey by following this classic route. Beginning at, well, the beginning—antiquity, that is—you'll explore Athens's classic monuments. From there, traverse the Greek Islands, with stops in picturesque Santorini and glitzy Rhodes, before heading for Turkey's mainland. Ancient ruins and stunning views abound in Antalya and Cappadoccia and lead to your final stop, Istanbul.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Natural Beauty
  • Museums

France with Kids

Eiffel Tower Carousel TEA/shutterstock
Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 8 days

Got kids? Then they—and you—will love this family itinerary to France. This trip is designed with their short attention spans and interests in mind. It has a good dose of fun, including a visit to Euro Disney, as well as just the right amount of time dedicated to museums and churches.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Museums

Northern Spain: Tapas and Coastal Towns

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao aherrero/flickr
Fly into: Barcelona Fly out of: Madrid
Total Duration: 14 days

Starting in Barcelona and gently curving east, this itinerary showcases the highlights of northern Spain, along with Madrid. You'll explore fishing villages in San Sebastián and rocky beaches along the Basque Coast before hitting the museums of Bilbao. The trip winds down in Madrid, where you can tour the Prado and dance the night away.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • Architecture
  • Art and Culture

Norway in a Nutshell

View of Flam Jenni Douglas/flickr
Fly into: Oslo Fly out of: Oslo
Total Duration: 8 Days

Norway in a nutshell covers the best of this fjord favorite. Start in the sleepy capital of Oslo, before crossing the country through the railway villages of Flam and Voss. End up along the Atlantic in Bergen, Norway's charming second city.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Museums

Southern Germany: Munich to Frankfurt

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Rothenburg Tourismus Service/German National Tourism Board
Fly into: Munich Fly out of: Frankfurt
Total Duration: 14 days

This trip focuses on the best of Germany's southern region. From the bustling beer gardens of Munich to the financial buzz of Frankfurt, along the way you'll see the old-fashioned pomp of Augsburg, the scholarly focus of Heidelberg, and the perfectly preserved streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Art and Culture
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • History
  • Nightlife

Spain's Great Cities: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville

Parc Guell Ruggero Franceschini/shutterstock
Fly into: Barcelona Fly out of: Madrid
Total Duration: 9 days

This itinerary takes you to three of Spain's greatest destinations: Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Each city has its own charm and attractions. You'll take in art museums and architecture, as well as superb cuisine—with plenty of time for breaks in parks or the beach. Best of all, these cities are linked by high speed trains.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • History
  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Food and Wine

The Mezzogiorno: Southern Italy

Positano boats BostonGal/Fodors.com member
Fly into: Rome Fly out of: Rome
Total Duration: 10 days

"Mezzogiorno" means "midday"; it's the informal name given to southern Italy, a region where a blazing sun heats up villages (sometimes making it imperative to remain indoors during peak summer hours) and casts a commanding glow. This is a magical land whose "Renaissance" happened in the 13th century during the reign of Frederick II. A car is usually the best way to get around, as train service can be slow and erratic. A quick overnight in Rome kicks off this road trip. You then go south to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, after which you'll head to Puglia, known for its mysterious trulli and its phenomenal food. From Puglia, you'll turn back north to bustling Naples, and wrap things up with another day in Rome.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
  • Beaches
  • Museums
  • Great Drive

The Swiss Alps

Snowboarders with view of matterhorn Crans-Montana Tourisme/swiss-image.ch
Fly into: Zurich Fly out of: Geneva
Total Duration: 10 days

This itinerary will take you to great heights. From Mount Pilatus near Luzern to the Matterhorn, the Grindelwald, Mürren and Mont Blanc, this trip aims to be tip-top. Don't be afraid to slow down and enjoy the scenery as you travel from point to point, especially when moving from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt and between Lausanne and Geneva.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • History
  • Museums

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