20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Alghero, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
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 9th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Palace of Versailles.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation maker site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Atomium, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Brussels vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium ©
MIM - Musical Instruments Museum ©
MIM - Musical Instruments Museum
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

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

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Skansen, then take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Fotografiska, head outdoors with Riddarholmen, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, and finally admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm online route planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Stockholm by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Stockholm when traveling from Amsterdam in May, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
On the 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, and then examine the collection at Faberge Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, then see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Istanbul holiday maker tool .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

1
night
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Vienna, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence holiday maker .

Getting from Vienna to Florence by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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 22nd (Wed): make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Rome

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
On the 24th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through La Pelosa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia della Frana, look for all kinds of wild species at Alghero Rock Climbing Sites, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Capo Caccia.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Alghero trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Alghero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Rome in May, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Alghero. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Alghero

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stintino, Spiaggia della Frana
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La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Capo Caccia ©
Capo Caccia

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll through Parc Guell, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic and then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Alghero to Barcelona takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Museo Picasso ©
Museo Picasso

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