21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
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.
Attractions like St. Paul's Cathedral and Coca-Cola London Eye make great kid-friendly stops. Relax by the water at Buckingham Palace and Tower of London. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Westminster Abbey, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, and make a trip to Tower Bridge.

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If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Paris Catacombs and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Visit Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see The Trianons & The Hamlet about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Baptistery of St. John and Campanile di Giotto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Siena (Biblioteca Piccolomini & Siena Cathedral). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect Florence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Castello di Monteriggioni
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

4
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.
St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza Navona will appeal to history buffs. Visit Colosseum and Vatican Museums for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 11th (Sun), admire the local landmark of Magic Fountain (Font Magica), stroll around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, explore the activities along Retiro Park, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: highs in Madrid hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, admire the striking features of Quinta da Regaleira, and then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in Lisbon are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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