21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Krakow, Poland — 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll the grounds of Rakowicki Cemetery, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, contemplate the long history of Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then see the interesting displays at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), then examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Krakow online journey planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Krakow is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 8.5 hours. In November, Krakow is colder than Adelaide - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, make a trip to Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

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You can fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

The Square Mile

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 5th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Saatchi Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our London journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to London is minus 1 hour. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Madrid attractions planner.

Fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 12th (Tue), admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally stop by Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip maker.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 14th (Thu), make a trip to Spanish Steps, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rome trip maker website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zagreb.
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Zagreb, Croatia — 2 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva Street, then don't miss a visit to Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip planning app.

Getting from Florence to Zagreb by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Zagreb reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Croatia travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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