20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Denver, United States

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piazza Navona as well as Colosseum. On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Colosseum and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip app .

Denver, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Rome. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in December; daily highs in Rome reach 57°F and lows reach 39°F. You will leave for Florence on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Uffizi Galleries and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip builder website .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip maker app .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Scala Opera. On the 24th (Tue), experience the emotional art of opera at La Scala Opera. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Milan sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso, Piazza Ducale
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Kloster Einsiedeln, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally explore the historical opulence of Munot.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip tool .

You can fly from Milan to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Milan in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Jesuitenkirche, Kloster Einsiedeln, Munot
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online trip builder .

Denver, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Amsterdam when traveling from Denver in December, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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 30th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, then contemplate the long history of Museo Cerralbo, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Segovia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Alcazar de Segovia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in January: highs in Madrid hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Segovia
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

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