20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly:  19​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Louisville, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roman Forum as well as Trevi Fountain. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa d'Este in Tivoli, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, take a stroll through Trastevere, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning app .

Louisville, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Louisville to Rome, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've now added Palazzo Vecchio to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galleria dell'Accademia and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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.
On the 15th (Wed), take a stroll through Dorsoduro, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Salzburg.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hofbrauhaus Munchen, Alte Pinakothek, English Garden, and other attractions you added. On the 19th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, then get a taste of local nightlife at Hofbrauhaus Munchen, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, then make a trip to Maximillianstrasse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Munich tour planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Munich, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Nature
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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 Chateau de Fontainebleau. Get some historical perspective at Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

2
nights
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.
You've now added Walking tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, then wander the streets of Lower Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip planning app .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum Quarter, Vondelpark and Dam Square. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Dam Square, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally make a trip to Leidseplein. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then stroll through Vondelpark.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online travel route planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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