21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Feira da Ladra and Ana Salazarfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, wander the streets of Belém Tower, don't miss a visit to Jeronimos Monastery, and take a memorable tour with Nosso Tejo.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Lisbon is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Lisbon, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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A Outra Face da Lua ©
A Outra Face da Lua
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Ana Salazar ©
Ana Salazar

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as Passeig de Gracia and Vom FASS Barcelona. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip planning site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. In October, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Passeig de Gracia ©
Passeig de Gracia
CaixaForum ©
CaixaForum

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Farmer's Market Market, then stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Barcelona to Bruges in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, things will get little chillier in Bruges: highs are around 18°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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The Chocolate Line Bruges ©
The Chocolate Line Bruges
Carpentier-Goegebeuer ©
Carpentier-Goegebeuer
Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc ©
Chocolaterie Sukerbuyc

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally stop by Mary Chocolatier.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Brussels sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Mary Chocolatier ©
Mary Chocolatier

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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and make a trip to Arc de Triomphe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Campo. Shop till you drop at Mercato Centrale and Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting). Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Nino & Friends & La Fabbrica delle Candele), Artesia Ceramica (in Certaldo) and Manifatture Mezzetti (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, and contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Florence vacation planning app .

Getting from Paris to Florence by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Florence at 25°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Artesia Ceramica, Manifatture Mezzetti
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Mercato Centrale ©
Mercato Centrale
Artesia Ceramica ©
Artesia Ceramica
Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting) ©
Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting)

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Porta Portese and Elena Kihlman Designer Shop. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palatine Hill and Daniel Gelo. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Regionale dell'Appia Antica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Porta Portese ©
Porta Portese
Elena Kihlman Designer Concept Store ©
Elena Kihlman Designer Concept Store

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