20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hamburg, Germany
Fly:  4 h
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  4 h
End: Hamburg, Germany

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and then examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Saviour and then try out the rides at Tivoli Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip itinerary planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Copenhagen is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kronborg
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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 18th (Wed), take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Venice road trip planning site .

Fly from Copenhagen to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, you will find days in Venice are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 20th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Museo della Misericordia di Firenze, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence tour planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

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

2
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral, browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Siena trip planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome driving holiday planning app .

Drive from Siena to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Atomium, make a trip to Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

3
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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stroll through Vondelpark, and meet the residents at ARTIS.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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