21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Houston, United States

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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris travel itinerary planner .

Houston, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in June: highs in Paris hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 26th (Fri), take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, then wander the streets of La Croisette, and then view the masterpieces at Galerie du Faune. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, then explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Galerie du Faune
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary website .

Getting from Nice to Florence by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in June: highs in Florence hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

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 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally delve into the distant past at Pantheon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planning app .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Rome, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, get a taste of the local shopping with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally stroll through Spiaggia di castiglione. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Fornillo, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, and then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ravello day trip site .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ravello: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Ravello

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Fornillo
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 4th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, then take a stroll through Plaka, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online journey planner .

Getting from Ravello to Athens by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ravello to Athens due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ravello, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Athens, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
nights
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 6th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip app .

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in July, with highs in Istanbul at 84°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dali Theatre-Museum and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip app .

You can fly from Istanbul to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Barcelona are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dali Theatre-Museum
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Dali Theatre-Museum ©
Dali Theatre-Museum
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

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