21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
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.
When in London, make a side trip to see Beachy Head in Eastbourne, approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our London tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to London, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in London reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Beachy Head
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Rosslyn Chapel, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then pause for some photo ops at Scott Monument.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip planner .

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Edinburgh is slightly colder than London - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Rosslyn Chapel
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Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Room Escape Games

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa d'Este about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome visit planning website .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Rome takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Edinburgh, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
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 Piazza del Duomo and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Siena). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Food Tours
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Guinness Storehouse, get lost in a book at Chester Beatty Library, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dublin itinerary planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In September, Dublin is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Glendalough Cathedral
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Walking tours
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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