20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis, United States

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, expect nights in Amsterdam to be much hotter, around 33°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in February; daily highs in Barcelona reach 58°F and lows reach 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. You'll explore and learn at Galleria Borghese and Welcome to Rome. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and take an unorthodox tour of Catacombe di San Callisto.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip site .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Rome are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
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 22nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Florence are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get engrossed in the history at Sisi Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vienna day trip planner .

You can fly from Florence to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in February, expect Vienna to be slightly colder, temps between 41°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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.
On the 26th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Istanbul is 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in February: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 50°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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.
On the 28th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Skansen, see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, then explore the galleries of Royal Palace, and finally examine the collection at Royal Coin Cabinet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, then examine the collection at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Stockholm takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Stockholm is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Stockholm, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

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