21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: San Diego, United States

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our London trip planner .

San Diego, USA to London is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Diego to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in February, you will find days in London are colder (46°F), and nights are slightly colder (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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 20th (Thu): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 22nd (Sat): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then walk around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

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Getting from Paris to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in February; daily highs in Barcelona reach 58°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 24th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rome day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Rome, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip app .

Getting from Rome to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

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

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip builder website .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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.
On the 4th (Wed), examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague sightseeing website .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Prague, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

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Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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