21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), snap pictures at Tower Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and finally ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then make a trip to Big Ben, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read London route planning app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to London is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 12 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Christchurch in February: highs in London hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:
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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.
On the 12th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris route maker website .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. February in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, then appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then wander the streets of Alfama.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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.
On the 16th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Barcelona online itinerary maker .

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. In February, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 18th (Tue): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. February in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 20th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Rome to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in February, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
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 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna online trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in February, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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