20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

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Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Do your shopping at Rue d'Antibes and L'Antre des Delices. Popular historic sites such as La Croisette and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire are in your itinerary. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Le Suquet & Marche Forville). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

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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.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder tool.

Fly from Nice to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fira.

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Fira, Greece

— 2 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Red Beach, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Ancient Thera, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fira travel route planner.

You can fly from Rome to Fira in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Fira, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and then wander the streets of Plaka.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Athens holiday planner.

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. July in Athens sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania

— 2 nights

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Iulius Mall Cluj and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Salina Turda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): visit Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca (B-dul Eroilor), buy something for everyone on your list at VIVO Cluj Napoca, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrala Sfantul Mihail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cluj-Napoca journey planner.

Fly from Athens to Cluj-Napoca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Cluj-Napoca is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
On the 20th (Wed), test the waters at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Andrassy Avenue, then view the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, and finally shop like a local with Vaci Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Cluj-Napoca to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Zurich.

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Zurich: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 1 night

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 23rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), then take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, and finally contemplate the long history of Our Saviour's Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Copenhagen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Copenhagen is little chillier than Zurich - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough 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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
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.

Transylvania travel guide

4.3
Castles · Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas
While Transylvania may be known in popular culture as the home of Dracula, the incredible lanscape and rich history of this region are not to be overlooked. Located in the Carpathian Mountains in central Romania, travelers flock here for outdoor activities and adventures such as hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. Further, the medieval towns and architecture scattered throughout the region are some of the oldest and best preserved in the country. As host of many festivals and events, Transylvania is a cultural center for foreigners and locals alike. It's the country's largest and most well-known region, and the majority of tourism within Romania exists in this historic area.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.