20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route planner

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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy

— 1 night

City of Romance

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 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, then get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata lungo la restera, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Treviso, then walk around Oasi Cervara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Castelfranco Veneto, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Diga Sottomarina.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Venice, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Venice: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, stroll through Riserva Naturale Acquerino Cantagallo, then stroll the grounds of Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Convento di San Francesco, see the interesting displays at Musei di Fiesole, get a taste of the local shopping with Museo Mario Romoli, then examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Comprensoriale, and finally do a tasting at Azienda Agricole Frascole.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Florence itinerary planning site.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

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 1st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Bracciano, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Necropoli della Banditaccia. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo Diocesano Prenestino di Arte Sacre, take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Palestrina, then take an in-depth tour of Diffused Museum of Wine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Nemi.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Rome

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Charles Church, play a few rounds at Monte Carlo Country Club, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, then take in the waterfront at Port de Fontvieille, and finally browse the exhibits of Stamps and Money Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo route maker tool.

You can fly from Rome to Monte-Carlo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 4th (Sat), trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, then take a memorable drive along Tete de Chien, and finally stroll through Old Harbor (La Darse). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, then contemplate the long history of Ville medieval, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Renoir, and finally contemplate the long history of Monastère de Cimiez.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip tool.

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Montserrat Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cava Canals Canals - Cava y Museo Del Cava, then brush up on your military savvy at CIARGA - Centre d'Interpretacio de l'Aviacio Republicana i la Guerra Aeria, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, examine the collection at Museu Del Ferrocarril, then explore the world behind art at Museu del Cau Ferrat, then take an in-depth tour of Palau de Maricel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu de Maricel.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nice to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Embalse de la Jarosa, examine the collection at Museo del Esqui, then stroll through Penalara Natural Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza mayor de Chinchon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): appreciate the views at Alta Ruta Guadarrama.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional de Mafra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of the Capuchos, then examine the collection at Museu Condes de Castro, and finally engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, then get engrossed in the history at Museu de Marinha, then contemplate the long history of National Palace of Queluz, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cabo Espichel.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to London.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Jane Austen's House, stroll through The Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Wings Aviation Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Standen. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Arundel Cathedral and then take an in-depth tour of Amberley Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read London online trip maker.

Getting from Lisbon to London by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in London at 9°C and lows at 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.