20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  14​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cannes, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum.

Before you visit Amsterdam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Colombo to Amsterdam. When traveling from Colombo in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, then enjoy breathtaking views from The Monument to the Great Fire of London, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and finally make a trip to Buckingham Palace.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the London trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Amsterdam to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in London, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Eiffel Tower and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Trocadero.

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

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

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

4
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Relax by the water at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de Sylvabelle. Family-friendly places like Plage de Gigaro and La plage will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame des Pins.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Cannes journey builder app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Cannes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Cannes hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Croix-Valmer, Plage de l'Escalet, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
Highlights from your plan
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Cannaregio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally make a trip to Basilica di San Marco.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Venice road trip planner .

Getting from Cannes to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
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 17th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip app .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

5
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 Galleria Borghese and Villa d'Este. Visit Colosseum and Pantheon for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Orvieto (Pozzo di San Patrizio & Duomo di Orvieto). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Orvieto, Vatican City, Villa d'Este
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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