20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Houston, United States

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 22nd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid sightseeing app .

Houston, USA to Madrid is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Madrid is 7 hours. Traveling from Houston in March, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sant Pau del Camp, then stroll through La Barceloneta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then kick back and relax at Nova Mar Bella Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona itinerary planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Colosseum and Palatine Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and get great views at Passeggiata di Gianicolo.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planning site .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, 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 Galleria dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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 31st (Sun), explore the activities along Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Venice travel route planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Venice sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 2nd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, then examine the collection at Vasa Museum, and finally head off the coast to Langholmen. On the next day, explore the activities along Soderbysjon and then see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Stockholm takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in April: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 50°F and lows are around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Beaches
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin and then examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker tool .

Fly from Stockholm to Paris in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stockholm in April, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 60°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and then make a trip to Grand Place. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Atomium, then contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 8th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then stroll through ARTIS, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip builder site .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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