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 45​min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Houston, 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.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Vasa Museum, step into the grandiose world of Drottningholm Palace, take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, and head off the coast to Sandhamn.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm sightseeing planner.

Houston, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in June; daily highs in Stockholm reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Winter Sports Wildlife
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

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.
On the 25th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
On the 27th (Sat), enjoy some diversion at Prague Tours Direct Shooting Trips, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then have fun at Top Gun Prague Shooting Events.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Prague itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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Prague Tours Direct Shooting Trips ©
Prague Tours Direct Shooting Trips
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 29th (Mon): cool off at Palatinus Strandfürdő, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and then snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip builder app .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Prague in June, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and finally appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Athens tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Budapest to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in June, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
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 3rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, then don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, and then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in July, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Venice.

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

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barcelona journey builder .

You can fly from Venice to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then walk around St Stephens Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Phoenix Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dublin route website .

Fly from Barcelona to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect nights in Dublin to be colder, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

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

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