21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Pompeii, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Paris, France

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Get some cultural insight at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Musee d'Orsay. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Le Marais, wander the streets of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of The Catacombs of Paris.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris online journey maker .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral

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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles). Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Ghent (Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) & St Michael's Bridge), Memorial 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud) and Kazerne Dossin (in Mechelen). There's more to do: examine the collection at Atomium and sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brussels online holiday planner .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ghent, Kazerne Dossin, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, Memorial Waterloo 1815
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
On the 12th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Egmond aan Zee, and then experience rural life at Kinderboerderij Dierendorp. On your second day here, wander the streets of The Jordaan and then trek along het strand van Bergen aan Zee.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam attractions planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Strand Egmond aan Zee, het strand van Bergen aan Zee, Kinderboerderij Dierendorp
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and then trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and finally explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Nice is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Haut de Cagnes, Villa Kerylos, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Paloma Beach ©
Paloma Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Pantheon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Duomo di Orvieto and Pozzo di San Patrizio. Change things up with a short trip to Cascata delle Marmore in Marmore (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Nice to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Pompeii.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Orvieto, Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

1
night
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Lupanar, then explore the ancient world of Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, then delve into the distant past at Scavi di Oplontis, and finally learn about winemaking at Sorrentino Vini.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pompeii sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Pompeii in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Pompeii

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, Sorrentino Vini
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Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins ©
Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins
Lupanar ©
Lupanar

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium, then kick back and relax at Vouliagmeni Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Donkey's Land. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and then take a stroll through Plaka.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Pompeii to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. October in Athens sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Donkey's Land, Vouliagmeni Beach
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Vouliagmeni Beach ©
Vouliagmeni Beach

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