20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 1 day
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
subway:  15​min
7
Vatican City, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Latin Quarter. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Fontainebleau and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Maintenon (in Maintenon), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, learn about all things military at The Army Museum, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder .

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Paris. Traveling from Cairo in June, you will find days in Paris are much colder (27°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Maintenon, Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
day
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You've now added Cologne Cathedral to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Sankt Andreas Kirche, contemplate the long history of St. Ursula, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika St. Aposteln, then see the interesting displays at Schnutgen Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Praetorium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Cologne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Ursula ©
St. Ursula
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Praetorium ©
Praetorium

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Chillon and Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and Chateau de Nyon. Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Escaliers du Marche in Lausanne--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, and get engrossed in the history at Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Geneva in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Geneva, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon, Vieux-Carouge, Chateau de Nyon
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chateau de Nyon ©
Chateau de Nyon

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris
On the 10th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Chantilly, see where the action happens at Philippe-Chatrier Court, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal, examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris travel route planning website .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Grand Canal, Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle
Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in July: highs in Amsterdam hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Portuguese Synagogue ©
Portuguese Synagogue

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), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Campidoglio, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Foro di Cesare, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome online trip builder .

Getting from Amsterdam to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take the subway to Vatican City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Piazza Venezia ©
Piazza Venezia

3
nights
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City ©
Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Grottoes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and then appreciate the history behind La Pieta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Mastro Cencio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vatican City trip maker site .

Vatican City is just a short distance from Rome. July in Vatican City sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, Mastro Cencio
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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