21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Lima, Peru

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll around Parc Guell and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. On the next day, take a stroll through Las Ramblas, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online travel route planner .

Lima, Peru to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Lima to Barcelona, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Siena and Duomo di Pisa. Venture out of the city with trips to Piazza del Campo (in Siena), Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Piazza Maggiore (in Bologna). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Pisa, Piazza Maggiore, Le mura di Lucca
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca

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 23rd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Venice hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, then wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Venice to Istanbul. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip maker tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Neue Burg, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, and then stop by Historic Center of Vienna.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vienna itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at The Vrtba Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Prague, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip site .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Prague in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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