20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Train
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
Train
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Menton, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Bus
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Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
Bus
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 1 day
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Petit Palais and Île de la Cité. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Paris online sightseeing planner.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Paris is minus 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mumbai in August, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol, trek along Parcours de L'Art, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, explore the galleries of Musee du Petit Palais, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then do a tasting at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine de Beaurenard.

Discover how to plan a Avignon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Avignon, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Menton.
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Menton, France — 2 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at La Salle des Mariages, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade du Soleil, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Palais Carnoles, and finally look for gifts at Au Pays du Citron. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Menton road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Menton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in August, plan for little chillier days in Menton, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon journey maker.

Fly from Menton to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Menton in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lyon, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Get outdoors at Aiguille du Midi and Parasailing & Paragliding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Brevent Cable Car and Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamonix: Passy (Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy & Lac de Pormenaz) and Sallanches (Cascade de l'Arpenaz & Base de Loisirs des Ilettes). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Cornu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix road trip planning app.

Drive from Lyon to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon, take in the dramatic scenery at Parc des Carrieres Bacquin, then learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, and finally see the interesting displays at Mulot & Petitjean.

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Drive from Chamonix to Dijon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zaanse Schans and The Jordaan. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Body Worlds, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, and explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam holiday planning tool.

Traveling by train from Dijon to Amsterdam takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Dijon in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 1 day

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a stroll through Montmartre, then get engrossed in the history at Musee de Montmartre, and then pause for some photo ops at Pantheon.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online journey maker.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.
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