21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Train + Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary maker .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Zurich is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in April, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Museums Parks
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Begijnhof. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Zurich to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Walking tours
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, don't miss a visit to Atomium, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Brussels are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and then don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges driving holiday planning tool .

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, take in the views from Tower Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Big Ben, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our London trip tool .

Traveling by car from Bruges to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in London can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. April in Paris sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Luxembourg Gardens ©
Luxembourg Gardens

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 17th (Fri): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, walk around Parc Guell, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in April; daily highs in Barcelona reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find out how to plan a trip to Florence, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Palatine Hill. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online route planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Food Tours
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

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