21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Muenster, Germany
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
9
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Muenster, Germany

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.
On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Prague journey site .

Muenster, Germany to Prague is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Venice travel route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in May, with highs in Venice at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, visit Trastevere, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome trip planning app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for little chillier nights in Budapest, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions tool .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 31st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona holiday maker site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Barcelona is minus 2 hours. In May in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then take a stroll through Le Marais, and then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in June, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Amsterdam are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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