21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
Taxi to Salerno, Train to Florence
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Nice, France
— 1 night
Fly
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train
7
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

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 1st (Sun): explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Rome. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in January, with highs in Rome at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ravello.
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Ravello, Italy — 1 night

Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, head outdoors with Amalfi Coast, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Villa Rufolo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ravello visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks
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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 (Wed): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence route planner.

Getting from Ravello to Florence by combination of taxi and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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 (Fri): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Venice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Nice, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: high temperatures in Nice hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, then steep yourself in history at Provinciaal Hof, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges online holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brussels day trip planning website.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brussels are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.
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Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Helsinki, Finland — 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online holiday planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Helsinki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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.
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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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Belgium travel guide

4.3
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Finland travel guide

4.2
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."
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