21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Dallas, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Dallas, United States

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and Basilica di San Pietro. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel capture your imagination. There's much more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and wander the streets of Citta del Vaticano.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rome online road trip planner .

Dallas, USA to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Dallas in July, things will get little chillier in Rome: highs are around 89°F and lows about 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

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Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums ©
Vatican Museums
Basilica di San Pietro ©
Basilica di San Pietro

3
days
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Get outdoors at Canal Grande and Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary. Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Correr will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

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You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary
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Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in July; daily highs in Zurich reach 78°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Sammlung Rosengart ©
Sammlung Rosengart

2
days
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Villa Grecque Kerylos and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice tour planning app .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zurich in July since evenings lows in Nice dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Villa Grecque Kerylos
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Villa Grecque Kerylos ©
Villa Grecque Kerylos
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage

2
days
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre and then work some fitness into your day at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Nice to Annecy takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Annecy, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
Parasailing & Paragliding
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre

4
days
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Sacre Coeur Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and kick back and relax at Paris Plage.

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Traveling by train from Annecy to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
days
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at North Laine and Gustamps. Visit Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms for their historical value. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our London tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for a bit cooler days in London, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Brighton
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British Museum ©
British Museum
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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