20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, stop by Monastiraki, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens online vacation planner.

New Delhi, India to Athens is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. When traveling from New Delhi in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Athens: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Salerno.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Salerno, Italy — 1 night

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Salerno, then walk around Villa Comunale, then make a trip to Promenade Trieste, and finally make a trip to Centro Storico Salerno.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salerno tour site.

Getting from Athens to Salerno by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Salerno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Salerno are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rome.
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Parks · Historic Sites
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

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Drive from Salerno to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Salerno in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Mercato Centrale.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then look for gifts at La Libreria Militare, and finally browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, things will get slightly colder in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Historic Sites · Shopping
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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 12th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally contemplate the long history of Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

Make your Venice itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Venice, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 2 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 14th (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, and finally make a trip to Ljubljana Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, then take in the views from Triple Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ljubljana road trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Ljubljana in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in January, with highs in Ljubljana at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Széchenyi Thermal Bath, don't miss a visit to Heroes' Square, and appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest journey planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Greece travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.
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Hungary travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 
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