20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lord's Cricket Ground, then contemplate the long history of Wallace Collection, and then grab your bike and head to BrakeAway Bike Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cutty Sark, learn about all things military at HMS Belfast, and then visit Westminster.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary maker site.

Houston, USA to London is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to London, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in London reach 73°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, and then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Casa Vicens, and then wander the streets of Las Ramblas. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then visit Ciutat Vella, and finally take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Barcelona journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palatine Hill and Cupola di San Pietro. Colosseum and Villa Borghese will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Rome sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Széchenyi Thermal Bath, then steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip maker.

You can fly from Athens to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Budapest. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in July, with highs in Budapest at 83°F and lows at 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, then wander the streets of Lesser Town, then browse the exhibits of Lobkowicz Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Prague: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church, then take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, then admire the masterpieces at Davids Samling (The David Collection), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

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Fly from Prague to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in July, expect Copenhagen to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Stockholm.
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Stockholm, Sweden — 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn about all things military at Army Museum, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Medeltidsmuseet. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Riddarholmen Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, and then admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm.

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You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Spain travel guide

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A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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