20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College Dublin. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planning website .

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in September; daily highs in Dublin reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then make a trip to Eiffel Tower. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe and then make a trip to Palace of Versailles.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de S. Jorge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, take a stroll through Alfama, shop like a local with Rossio Square, and learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon online route planner .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Park and National Palace of Pena ©

2
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll around Parc Guell.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. September in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
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.
Visit Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Palatine Hill for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roman Forum and Galleria Borghese. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
On the 14th (Sat), make a trip to Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in September: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): wander the streets of Lesser Town, take in the views from Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in September, you will find days in Prague are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then wander the streets of The Jordaan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum and then explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

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