20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
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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.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, get great views at Mount Lycabettus, and don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Athens day trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Athens is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in November, you will find days in Athens are much colder (22°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Spanish Steps, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Athens in December since evenings lows in Rome dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto. On your second day here, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip builder site.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

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Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Piazza San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Paris, France

— 4 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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Madrid.

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Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip builder website.

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: highs in Madrid hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get a bit warmer in Seville: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
On the 16th (Thu), pick up some local products at La Boqueria, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic. On the next day, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona tour itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Seville to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to home.

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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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.