21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  34​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fraumünster Church, Bahnhofstrasse, Old Town, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, wander the streets of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

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Melbourne, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mt Pilatus
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip planning website .

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 11th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, then step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, and then make a trip to The Royal Mile. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat and then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our London journey tool .

Fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Acueduct of Segovia (in Segovia) and Catedral Primada (in Toledo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

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Traveling by flight from London to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Acueduct of Segovia, Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you will find days in Venice are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

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Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, you will find days in Florence are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, contemplate the long history of Camposanto, then make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pisa online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip planning app .

Fly from Pisa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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