21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
Fly:  7​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Jerusalem, Israel

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome online trip itinerary builder .

Jerusalem, Israel to Rome is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in May, with highs in Rome at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally savor the flavors at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

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

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 21st (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then take a stroll through Alfama, then appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lisbon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Lisbon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
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.
Dublin is known for museums, breweries & distilleries, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and make a trip to Temple Bar.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin visit planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dublin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in May; daily highs in Dublin reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

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

2
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris journey maker website .

Fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Dublin in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and then meet the residents at ARTIS.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally make a trip to Old Town Square. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Mala strana, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip planning site .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Prague in June, you will find days in Budapest are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in June, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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