20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Morelia, Mexico
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Morelia, Mexico

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, then make a trip to Big Ben, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the London day trip tool.

Morelia, Mexico to London is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Morelia in March: highs in London hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip tool.

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then walk around Vondelpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam sightseeing planner.

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kampa Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague journey planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. March in Prague sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Budapest journey planner.

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Budapest are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Hippodrome, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route builder.

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in March, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Roman Forum, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria della Vittoria.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 19°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lisbon road trip tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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