20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Lisbon is 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Lisbon when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 61°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palatine Hill and Galleria Borghese. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, make a trip to Roman Forum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and get a taste of the local shopping with Via Condotti.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Rome. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, steep yourself in history at Cappella Colleoni, step into the grandiose world of Brescia Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo Vecchio di Brescia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip maker app .

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bergamo, Brescia, Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte
Highlights from your plan
Cappella Colleoni ©
Cappella Colleoni

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Get some cultural insight at Casa Batllo and Parc Guell. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Girona (Patronat Call de Girona & Girona Cathedral (Catedral)), Lloret de Mar (Castell d'en Plaja & Parish Church of Sant Roma) and Tarragona (Circ Roma & Catedral Basilica Metropolitana Primada de Tarragona). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, and get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona planner .

Getting from Milan to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Tarragona, Lloret de Mar, Girona
Highlights from your plan
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague, Panorama Mesdag, & more) and Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Jordaan, view the masterpieces at KochxBos Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, and engage your brain at Body Worlds.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Barcelona to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in September, with highs in Amsterdam at 67°F and lows at 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hague, Kroller-Muller Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Somme 1916 and Memorial De La Shoah. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Australian War Memorial (in Villers-Bretonneux), Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Australian National Memorial, Musee Somme 1916, Lochnagar Crater, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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