21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe attractions planner

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Athens, Greece
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Giverny, France
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece

— 1 night

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then stop by Plaka, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then look for gifts at Psit Jewellery, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Athens tour itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in May; daily highs in Athens reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Spanish Steps, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome journey planning website.

Getting from Athens to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in May, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Pisa (Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, Leaning Tower of Pisa, &more) and Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Florence to Brussels in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in May, things will get slightly colder in Brussels: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 26th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bruges vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Bayeux, France

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 28th (Fri), witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planning tool.

Drive from Bruges to Bayeux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Giverny, France

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau Gaillard.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Giverny itinerary planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Giverny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Giverny are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.