20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  16 h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: San Diego, United States

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Bring the kids along to Vasa Museum and Junibacken. Explore hidden gems such as Stockholm Old Town and Stockholm City Hall. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Skansen, ski along the peaceful trails at The Green Trails, explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Stockholm day trip planning app .

San Diego, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in June; daily highs in Stockholm reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Junibacken ©
Junibacken
Skansen ©
Skansen

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Kastellet, then steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip builder app .

Fly from Stockholm to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and then take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Copenhagen to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, Budapest is a bit warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 79°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Budapest

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 21st (Sun), admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Budapest to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Athens is 1 hour. In June, Athens is a bit warmer than Budapest - with highs of 86°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in June since evenings lows in Rome dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza del Campo and Piazza del Duomo. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Piazza della Signoria and Campanile di Giotto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, examine the collection at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Magic Fountain, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Barcelona are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Room Escape Games
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trinity College Dublin and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, and walk around St Stephens Green.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in June; daily highs in Dublin reach 64°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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