12 days in Italy, Amsterdam & Budapest Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Amsterdam & Budapest Itinerary

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Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Cairo, Egypt

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 25th (Tue), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain and then delve into the distant past at Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect Rome to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Venice is slightly colder than Florence - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll around Vondelpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take a stroll through Red Light District, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Venice to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Budapest day trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 3°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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