21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bologna, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 day
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Rome, Italy
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Barcelona, Spain
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Brussels, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Venice, Italy
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Bologna, Italy
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Bologna, Italy

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bologna trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Bologna is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Bologna: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 1°C at night. You will leave for Florence on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Bologna

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Getting from Bologna to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bologna in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

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Pisa, Italy

— 1 day
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square, then take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, and then make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli.

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You can drive from Florence to Pisa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in Pisa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

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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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome route site.

Fly from Pisa to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Brussels.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Brussels takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get little chillier in Brussels: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, visit The Jordaan, and make a trip to Royal Palace Amsterdam.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
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Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, make a trip to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

Make your Venice itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Bologna, Italy

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Highlights from your trip

Italy travel guide

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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.