20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Madrid driving holiday planning site .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Madrid, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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 7th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and then explore the ancient world of Erechtheion. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally wander the streets of Plaka.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Athens online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Athens takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Athens. In September, daytime highs in Athens are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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 11th (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Rome itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

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You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

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 ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris online sightseeing planner .

Fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Paris is a bit cooler than Venice - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and then pause for some photo ops at Sun Voyager. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik journey planning tool .

Getting from London to Reykjavik by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. In September, Reykjavik is slightly colder than London - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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