20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Subway:  3 h
9
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
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.
On the 28th (Mon), take a stroll through Ortakoy. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: highs in Istanbul hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
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 1st (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally wander the streets of Vaci Street.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Budapest in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Budapest

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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, stop by Crime Passionnel, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and finally explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg, pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), then get to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, and finally visit Christiania.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Copenhagen online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Copenhagen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In July, Copenhagen is slightly colder than Budapest - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

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 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piccadilly Arcade, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at The Queen's Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, see the interesting displays at Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones Exhibition, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the London trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Copenhagen to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copenhagen to London due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham 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.
On the 7th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, then steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and finally stop by Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Montmartre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris holiday maker website.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the next day, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Venice journey app.

You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 11th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then view the masterpieces at Limbo Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at L’importuno di Michelangelo, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip tool.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take a stroll through Via Condotti, then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online travel route builder.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

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Side Trip

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

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, look for gifts at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, then examine the collection at Museo della Carta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Ravello Arte, kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, then pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiate Santa Maria Maddalena, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo.

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Getting from Rome to Ravello by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in July, expect nights in Ravello to be somewhat warmer, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

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Side Trips

Amalfi, Collegiate Santa Maria Maddalena
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Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma ©
Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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