21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip maker

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly to Geneva, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris road trip tool.

Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 (Thu): take a stroll through Las Ramblas, stroll around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online travel planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Zermatt by combination of flight and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Museums · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Mon), make a trip to St Mark's Campanile, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Oreficeria Boscolo Gioie, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome vacation tool.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at National Garden, take a stroll through Plaka, then look for gifts at Electra Raikos Exact Museum Copies, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, then make a trip to KolnTriangle, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Phantasialand.

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You can fly from Athens to Cologne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Cologne due to the time zone difference. In July, Cologne is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Laeken, then examine the collection at Atomium, then get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder site.

Getting from Cologne to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll around Vondelpark. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.