21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Male, Maldives
Ferry + Fly:  13 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Male, Maldives

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, make a trip to Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Male, Maldives to Rome is an approximately 13-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Male to Rome. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Male in August since evenings lows in Rome dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Venice hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Nice, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. On your second day here, take a stroll through Vieille Ville and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice vacation builder website .

You can fly from Venice to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois, Massif de l'Esterel
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planner .

Fly from Nice to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Barcelona are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in August, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll through Vondelpark. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and then stroll through ARTIS.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam journey website .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Amsterdam are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetaarn, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church), make a trip to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), then take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, and finally see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take a stroll through Stroeget, then step into the grandiose world of Amalienborg, and then contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip builder app .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Stroeget ©
Stroeget
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 26th (Mon), snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, and finally take a stroll through Old Town Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Mala strana, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then make a trip to Hősök tere, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budapest route planner.

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Prague in August, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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