20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Train to Ventimiglia, Bus to Montpellier
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Montpellier, France
— 7 nights
Train to Lyon, Fly to Capetown

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Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Brugse Vrije, Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, browse the exhibits of Atomium, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Laeken.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brussels holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Brussels is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Cape Town to Brussels, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 2 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, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to The Flower Clock, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally get curious at CERN.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva road trip planning website.

Getting from Paris to Geneva by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 2 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Geneva to Monte-Carlo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Geneva in October; daily highs in Monte-Carlo reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Montpellier, France

— 7 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Get out of town with these interesting Montpellier side-trips: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Les Baux de Provence (Moulin CastelaS & Carrieres des Lumieres). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, stroll around Maison de la Nature, admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, and play a few rounds at R-Golf International.

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Getting from Monte-Carlo to Montpellier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Montpellier are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.