20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Bengaluru, India

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.
Get outdoors at Zandvoort aan Zee and Fishing Charters & Tours. Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip planner .

Bengaluru, India to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Amsterdam. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bengaluru in May: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Sun), wander the streets of Chaussee d'Ixelles, examine the collection at Atomium, then take a stroll through Place St. Gery, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip maker site .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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 11th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then make a trip to Louvre Museum, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris online itinerary planner .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Gran Via. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Museo de Santa Cruz, Casco Historico de Toledo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Horse Riding Madrid, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, immerse yourself in nature at la Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and head outdoors with Parque de la Bombilla.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid tour builder app .

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona vacation maker site .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Step out of Zurich to go to Lucerne and see Mt Pilatus, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich journey planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect Zurich to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Alberoni, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cannaregio, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in May, with highs in Venice at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 V Lounge Beach Club and Tiber Village for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Rome visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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