21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Canada
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Rethymnon, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Quebec City, Canada

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, then wander the streets of Nyhavn, then step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Stroeget, then explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg, and then examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen itinerary maker app .

Quebec City, Canada to Copenhagen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Quebec City in July: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Nordiska museet, examine the collection at Skansen, and then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska, then step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Stockholm travel planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Stockholm sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Peterhof Grand Palace and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Peter and Paul Cathedral, then examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online trip maker .

Fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

1
night
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 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest is minus 2 hours. When traveling from St. Petersburg in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

1
night
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 9th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Venetian Fortezza, then enjoy the sand and surf at Episkopi Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at Reptisland, stop by Athos Workshop, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Monastery Arsaniou, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agia Irini Convent.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon day trip planning website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rethymnon in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Rethymnon due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Athos Workshop, Episkopi Beach, Agia Irini Convent, The Monastery Arsaniou, Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori
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Reptisland ©
Reptisland
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Callisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Fly from Rethymnon to Rome in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rethymnon to Rome is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris online itinerary planner .

Fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in July, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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