21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Train:  16 h
1
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Pisa, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  14 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Wine Tours & Tastings, Torre del Mangia, & more), Bologna (Basilica di San Petronio, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, & more) and Torre Grossa (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary builder app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Florence is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Bologna, Siena, San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Torre Grossa ©
Torre Grossa
Archiginnasio di Bologna ©
Archiginnasio di Bologna

4
nights
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza dei Miracoli and Portovenere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pisa: Terra di Bargon (in Riomaggiore), Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and La Bottega Di Rena (in Porto Venere). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, steep yourself in history at Battistero, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, and explore and take pictures at International Academy of Italian Cuisine.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Pisa in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Pisa

Neighborhoods Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lucca, Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, Fattoria della Pace IPPOASI Onlus, International Academy of Italian Cuisine
Highlights from your plan
Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Camposanto ©
Camposanto
Fattoria della Pace IPPOASI Onlus ©
Fattoria della Pace IPPOASI Onlus

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scrovegni Chapel and Castello Estense. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Centro Storico Ferrara (in Ferrara) and Padua (Prato della Valle, Basilica di Sant’Antonio, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Cannaregio, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice attractions website .

Drive from Pisa to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Padua, Ferrara
Highlights from your plan
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ponte dell'Accademia ©
Ponte dell'Accademia
Centro Storico Ferrara ©
Centro Storico Ferrara

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Phantasialand.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cologne day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Cologne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in May, things will get a bit cooler in Cologne: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
Highlights from your plan
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Room Escape Games
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fondation Claude Monet and Les Sables du Cul du Chien. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau), Dreux (Beffroi de Dreux & Ecomusee des Vignerons et Artisans du Drouais) and Moret-sur-Loing (in Moret-sur-Loing). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at La Ferme aux Autruches "L'autruche rieuse".

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Paris visit planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dreux, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Moret-sur-Loing, Les Sables du Cul du Chien, La Ferme aux Autruches "L'autruche rieuse"
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Moret-sur-Loing ©
Moret-sur-Loing

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