Ultimate 20-Day Euro Trip

Disclaimer: This itinerary is not for the individual who likes to settle in somewhere for a long period of time. We set this trip up so that we could get a taste of as many cities as we felt reasonable in 20 days. Now when we decide to do a second go-around to Europe in the future, we know where we would like to go back and explore more!

Day 1: Travel Day (Los Angeles → Paris, France)

Days 2-4: Paris, France

Where to Stay: Hotel Du Lourve – Hyatt

Days: 2 nights

What to Do:

  • Musee du Louvre
  • Palais Royal
  • Eiffel Tower

  • Musee d’Orsay
  • L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix

  • Jardin du Luxembourg

  • Notre Dam

Honestly, you could walk around for hours and see a snippet of history at every turn!

Tip: If you’re staying at the Hotel Du Lourve, you can skip the long lines and get your passes for The Louvre from the concierge! You’re also steps from the Lourve metro station so getting anywhere is so easy.

Where to Eat: Brasserie Lipp, Le Hibou, Le Saint-Regis, Udon Bistro Kunitoraya, Kotteri Ramen Naritake

What to Drink:

  • The jazz bar in the hotel lobby of the Hotel Du Lourve is a great place for a drink! Think red velvet booths/chairs and walls. Oh, and weirdly enough, they make the best margaritas. They would see us walking toward the bar area and the wonderful bartenders would already have the shakers going!
  • Also, you can literally go to any café, sit outside, order a drink and people watch all day. This was actually one of my favorite activities after a day of sight-seeing.
  • Try some French wine! For Chardonnay lovers, try a Chablis, for those who like a good Cabernet Sauvignon try a Bordeaux and for a Pinot Noir lovers like me, try a Burgundy! I know French wines can be very confusing but whatever you do, do not ask for a French equivalent to a Napa Chardonnay. You will get the biggest scowl you have ever seen…oops lol

Day 4: Train to Nice, France

Days 4-6: Nice, France

Where to Stay: Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee

Days: 2 nights

What to Do: 

  • Walk the Promenade des Anglais
  • If you’re a guest at the Hyatt, you will be able to access the hotel’s partner beach. Spend the day sipping cocktails (in glass! Oh my!) and lounging by the turquoise waters. Oh and bring some water shoes! The beaches are made of rock and let me tell ya, I felt like “Eye of the Tiger” should have been playing in the background every time we tried walking back to our lounge chairs from the ocean. Very humbling experience.

What to Eat: 

  • While at the Hyatt’s partner beach, there is a little restaurant to have lunch. The staff is super friendly especially when you start ordering rounds of tequila shots. After said tequila shots, you’ll be 100% ready to conquer that rock beach sans water shoes!
  • La Maison de Marie, great restaurant for dinner with a very cute courtyard with strung lights!

What to Drink:

  • Drink all the Burgandy and Bordeaux!

Day 6: Flight to Rome, Italy

Days 6-9 Rome, Italy

Where to Stay: Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria

Days: 3 nights

What to See:

  • The Colosseum
  • St. Peter’s Basilica

  • The Roman Forum
  • The Trevi Fountian
  • The Pantheon
  • The Spanish Steps
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Janiculum
  • Aventine Hill
  • The Vatican Museums: we booked a tour with Romaround Tours and I’m so glad we did! It’s so much nicer having someone show you around and being able to actually ask questions. During this tour you will also see the Sistine Chapel!

What to Eat:

  • Eat all the Caccio e Pepe!! Stop by the restaurant featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Ristorante Roma for some bomb Caccio e Pepe.
  • Sparita, Dobar La Botticella, and Osteria da Fortunata where there’s a sweet Italian woman making homemade pasta!

What to Drink:

  • While waiting for the Romaround Tour, stop in Rendez Vous for a cold drink. The café is near the Romaround office. However, I wouldn’t recommend going for the food however, it was a nice spot to cool down while we waited for our tour to start.
  • The lobby bar at the Waldorf was a really cool place to lounge and have a drink. It’s also nice to sit outside and take in the incredible view.

Day 9 Train to Florence, Italy

Days 9-11 Florence, Italy

Where to Stay: Al Palazzo del Marchese di Camugliano: the loveliest family home turned hotel.

Days: 2 nights

What to See: 

  • Brunelleschi’s dome

  • Florence Cathedral
  • Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio (view at top)

  • Florence Baptistery
  • Giotto’s Campanile

  • Bargello

What to Eat:

  • Trattoria Gargani and Buca Mario were two absolutely incredible dinners!

What to Drink:

  • The Art Bar for fun cocktails. The owner is very friendly and welcoming.
  • All the Chianti and Brunello!

Day 11 Train to Venice, Italy

Days 11-13 Venice, Italy

Where to Stay: Starhotels Splendid Venice

Days: 2 nights

What to See: 

  • Piazza San Marco
  • Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Grand Canal

  • Doge’s Palace
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Murano (the glass blowing island)

What to Eat:

  • Le Bistrot de Venise was the best meal we had the two days we were there.
  • I’m not sure if it’s because we were falling into tourist traps or what but we didn’t find too much good food in Venice. Everything was just ok which was a huge disappointment being in Venice.

What to Drink:

  • The hotel had a nice rooftop bar that offered refreshing beverages and beautiful views of the rooftops of Venice!

Day 13 Flight to Mykonos

Days 13-16 Mkyonos, Greece

Where to Stay: Villa Oia Mykonos

Days: 3 nights

What to See: 

  • Get lost in the infamous white and blue colored streets of Mykonos town

  • The Windmills
  • Little Venice
  • Walk along the beautiful Aegean Sea

What to Eat:

  • Captain’s Food for Sharing. Get the grilled squid and ALL the tzatziki sauce. You’re welcome.
  • Ok, this is going to sound terrible but we only ate in town once the whole four days we were there. The first day was great, Mykonos town wasn’t crowded and we ate at a wonderful restaurant with the best grilled squid! However, we were then told that over the course of the next few days, there would be around 30 cruise ships docking. We said oh HELL NO and ate the rest of our meals at our hotel. Luckily, the food was amazing there, kind of like if you had a Greek grandma cooking up all the delciousness every night.

What to Drink:

  • Greek Ouzo is considered the national drink of Greece so of course you need to give it a try!
  • Because of the frightening amount of people on the streets of Mykonos the rest of the time we were there, we did not get a chance to explore the bar scene although I have heard it is fun. However, I was content enough lounging at our wonderful villa sipping on some wine and playing with the cute house cat.

Day 16 Flight to Naples, Italy

Days 16-17 Naples, Italy

Where to Stay: Romeo Hotel

Days: 1 night

What to See:

  • I’m not going to lie, I got kind of a sketch vibe walking around Naples. There was a lot of trash and everyone seemed to be staring at us. I just didn’t get a great vibe but we were also only there for the night so that we could catch the ferry to Capri the next day. However, I really wanted to try the infamous Naples pizza so the only time we walked around was to get lunch.

What to Eat: 

  • Bistrot 9850 was in our hotel and the sushi was so so good! One of the rolls we got was dusted with gold flakes. We definitely got bougee that night haha
  • Trianon da Ciro for the infamous Naples pizza! Unfortunately, my first pick for pizza was closed so we found this place and all in all, it was pretty good. I wasn’t blown away. Our waitress wasn’t the nicest and they were out of a lot of ingredients but the crust was good and that’s very important!

What to Drink:

  • The drinks at Romeo were beautifully crafted and delicious!

Day 17 Ferry to Capri, Italy

Days 17-19 Capri, Italy

Where to Stay: Hotel Excelsior Parco Capri

Days: 2 nights

What to See:

  • The highlight of our trip was by far renting a private boat to visit the grottos around the island. It’s so worth it to spend the extra money for a private boat and most hotels will arrange it for you. Our hotel was even nice enough to pack us a lunch! During the ride around the island, you’ll also see Faraglioni, the rock formations in the ocean that kind of remind you of the arch in Cabo and the Punta Carena Lighthouse.

  • Piazza Umberto I for shops and all the views
  • Oh, and don’t forget to take home some Lemoncello!

What to Eat:

  • Ziqu Terrace Restaurant at the Villa Marina Capri Hotel and Spa and II Geranio for amazing views and great food.

What to Drink:

  • You already know the drill, drink all the scrumptious wine!

Day 19 Flight to Paris, France

Days 19-20 Paris, France

Where to Stay: Hotel Du Lourve – Hyatt

Days: 1 night

What to See: If you didn’t get to everything on the list at the beginning of this post the first go around, finish it up before you head home!

What to Eat:

  • For the last hurrah, we ate at the lovely Flottes. I also recommend accidently ordering a huge bottle of wine and get rapido one last time before heading back to the states!

What to Drink: 

  • Scroll back to the top of this post and read all about the Hotel Du Lourve’s fabulous bar and awesome bartenders. After almost 16 days away, they remembered us as soon as we walked in. Now if that’s not great hospitality, then I don’t know what is.

Day 20 (Paris, France → Los Angeles)

Whew, what a whirlwind of adventure we endured on this epic 20-day trip throughout Europe! I couldn’t have asked for a better first go around at a Euro trip. We definitely want to head back and spend more time in Southern France, Tuscany and Greece! I hope you find this itinerary helpful when planning your next European vacation. Please let me know if you use any of this information. I would love to hear your stories! And I hope you have as great of a time as we did!

 

Cheers.

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