20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cartagena, Colombia
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Cartagena, Colombia


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2
nights
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 3rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then take an in-depth tour of De Nieuwe Kerk, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Football Amsterdam.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cartagena to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Traveling from Cartagena in December, things will get much colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Bubble Football Amsterdam ©
Bubble Football Amsterdam

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.
On the 5th (Thu), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and then discover the magic at Disneyland Paris.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning site .

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the activities along English Garden, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich journey planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
English Garden ©
English Garden
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) ©
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

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.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Munich in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
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 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Florence day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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

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 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque del Retiro, get your game on at Hurricane Factory Madrid, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid online vacation planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

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

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