21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly + bus:  30​h
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + tram:  5​h 15​min
6
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
tram + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Queenstown, New Zealand

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thingvellir National Park and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Tales from Iceland and The Icelandic Punk Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Gullfoss Falls (in Blaskogabyggd), Geysir (in Haukadalur) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, enjoy the sea views from Grotta Lighthouse, stroll the grounds of Cemetery Holavallagardur, and relax in the rural setting at Fridheimar.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik route planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Reykjavik is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Queenstown to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. December in Reykjavik sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Geysir, Fridheimar, Horseback Riding Tours, Thingvellir National Park, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and finally step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pickering's Gin Distillery, then sample the fine beverages at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Edinburgh in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, things will get a bit warmer in Edinburgh: highs are around 9°C and lows about 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, admire the striking features of Barley Hall, then examine the collection at York's Chocolate Story, then take a stroll through York Shambles, and finally see the interesting displays at Pandora's Box Antiques and Oddities. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of York City Walls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at The York Army Museum, then examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at York Brewery.

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You can take a train from Edinburgh to York in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in York are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
York's Chocolate Story ©
York's Chocolate Story
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at IWM Duxford and Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The British Museum and Natural History Museum. Take a break from London with a short trip to Cambridgeshire Wine School in Cambridge, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, examine the collection at The London Film Museum - Covent Garden, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our London day trip website .

You can take a train from York to London in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Cambridge, IWM Duxford
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

2
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
On the 22nd (Sun), browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths, pause for some serene contemplation at Manvers Street Baptist Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bath Abbey, then see the interesting displays at Beckford's Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Stonehenge. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tintern Abbey, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then examine the collection at The Jane Austen Centre.

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Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Tintern Abbey, Stonehenge
Highlights from your plan
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Vieux Lyon and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais. And it doesn't end there: ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, contemplate the long history of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, stop by Secrets d'Apiculteur, and admire the local landmark of Place des Jacobins.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip site .

Do a combination of flight and tram from Bath to Lyon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and tram; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 27th (Fri), wander the streets of Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at Alvar Aalto's studio, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Helsinki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Helsinki. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lyon in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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