20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Nice, France
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Amalfi, Italy
— 5 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Nice is 9 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Amalfi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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Amalfi, Italy

— 5 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to Il Sentiero Degli Dei and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Cave of Smeraldo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amalfi: Positano (Spiaggia Grande, Fornillo, &more). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at Amalfi Coast Drive, admire all the interesting features of Amalfi Coast, hike along Sentiero dei Limoni, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amalfi sightseeing site.

Fly from Nice to Amalfi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nice in May since evenings lows in Amalfi dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Fira.

Things to do in Amalfi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Fira, Greece

— 5 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamari Beach and Amoudi Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail and Perivolos. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Santorini Sailing, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Boutari Winery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Skaros Rock.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Fira online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Amalfi to Fira in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

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 The Jordaan and The Amstel. Step out of the city life by going to Herengracht and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and join in the after-dark buzz at Brouwerij 't IJ.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online holiday builder.

Fly from Fira to Amsterdam in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Amsterdam. Traveling from Fira in May, things will get a bit cooler in Amsterdam: highs are around 63°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.