20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
bus + train:  5​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take a stroll through Rossio Square and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Lisbon is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vatican Museums and Roman Forum. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome online attractions planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 1st (Sat), stroll through Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and then kick back and relax at Fornillo. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and finally steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ravello trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Ravello by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Positano
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planner.

Getting from Ravello to Florence by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Ravello in June, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, then examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Venice online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Venice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topkapi Palace and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, shop like a local with Vaci Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, then get a taste of the local shopping with Koller Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Budapest road trip planning app .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

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You can fly from Budapest to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in June: highs in Paris hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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