20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Foret De Barbizon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get to know the fascinating history of Left Bank (Rive Gauche).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary website .

Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Paris. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Foret De Barbizon
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Visiting DOK City Beach and Planckendael will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Patershol and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent) and Antwerp (Meir & Museum Plantin-Moretus). The adventure continues: stop by Pierre Marcolini and see the interesting displays at Train World.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels route maker site .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Antwerp, ZOO Planckendael
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Train World ©
Train World
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Patershol ©
Patershol

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Explore hidden gems such as Wertheim Village and Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum. Popular historic sites such as Schlossgarten Fulda and Rheinfels Castle are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz (in Bernkastel-Kues), Eberbach Abbey (in Eltville am Rhein) and Fulda Cathedral (in Fulda). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Stadtstrand Schweinfurt, appreciate the views at Rhine Valley, see the interesting displays at German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum), and identify plant and animal life at Neroberg.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt online trip builder .

Take a train from Brussels to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in August: highs in Frankfurt hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wertheim, Fulda, Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz, Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum, Neroberg
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Rheinfels Castle ©
Rheinfels Castle
Fulda Cathedral ©
Fulda Cathedral
Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum ©
Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum

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.
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico will appeal to history buffs. Head to Officine Creative Roma and Via del Corsofor some retail therapy. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Sabbianera Super Beach in Anguillara Sabazia, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, look for gifts at L'Artigianato, and get to know the fascinating history of Vatican City.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online visit planner .

Getting from Frankfurt to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in August: high temperatures in Rome hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Sabbianera Super Beach
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Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini ©
Via del Corso ©
Via del Corso

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de la Pineda and Llevant Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Platja Gran and La Roca Village. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Gaudi Centre Reus (in Reus), Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona (in Tarragona) and Parish Church of Sant Roma (in Lloret de Mar).

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip site .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa de la Pineda, Great Beach, Gaudi Centre Reus, Parish Church of Sant Roma, Llevant Beach
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Llevant Beach ©
Llevant Beach
Playa de la Pineda ©
Playa de la Pineda

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage and then stop by Justine Red.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday maker site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Paris Plage ©
Paris Plage
Justine Red ©
Justine Red

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