21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 7th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Berlin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 9th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then stroll through Strandbad Mythenquai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planning website .

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Eiffel Tower. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Paris online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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 14th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. For shopping fun, head to La Croisette or Rue d'Antibes. Change things up with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes (about 52 minutes away). There's more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Barcelona to Nice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannes, Mandelieu-la-Napoule
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing website .

You can drive from Nice to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

5
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 Roman Forum and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take a stroll through Trastevere, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rome day trip website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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