21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  8​h
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
End: Barcelona, Spain

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.
Head to Leidseplein and Renssen Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and The Jordaan. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In March, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

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

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Brussels sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moulin Rouge as well as Le Marais. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Visit Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
day
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip website .

Getting from Paris to Zermatt by train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Interlaken online visit planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 9th (Tue), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and finally take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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 10th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the exciting artwork at Scarpelli Mosaici, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, then make a trip to Mercato Centrale, and then take in the exciting artwork at Collezione Roberto Casamonti.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence sightseeing app .

You can fly from Zurich to Florence in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in April: high temperatures in Florence hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catacombe di San Callisto and Colosseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Vatican Museums and Colle del Gianicolo. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, shop like a local with I Colori di Dentro di Maria Grazia Luffarelli, and don't miss a visit to Via Condotti.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
El Barri Gòtic and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to La Boqueria or Base Elements Urban Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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