21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Start: Tucson, United States
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  19 h 30 min
End: Tucson, United States

2
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, and take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our London tour itinerary website.

Tucson, USA to London is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Tucson in December, plan for slightly colder days in London, with highs around 50°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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.
On the 1st (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker website.

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Atomium, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, then get a sense of history and politics at Abbaye de la Cambre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for slightly colder days in Brussels, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Heldenplatz, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On your second day here, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Vienna reach 38°F and lows reach 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in January, with highs in Florence at 53°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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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 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. January in Rome sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
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 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon planning website.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Lisbon are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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