17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
9
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
10
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Matthias Church and then steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest road trip tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Budapest is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect Budapest to be much colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bratislava are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Museums Historic Sites
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle

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nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), thensee the interesting displays at The Hofburg, thenlook for gifts at Xocolat, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, thenadmire the masterpieces at Albertina, and then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vienna day trip planner.

Drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, thenexplore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Prague trip tool.

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Prague are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 27th (Thu), steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), thenexamine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brussels online day trip planner.

Getting from Prague to Brussels by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, thenexplore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, thenshop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip website.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, thenwander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary site.

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Lisbon at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, thenwander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parc Guell, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta.

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Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence journey tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in January; daily highs in Florence reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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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

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, thenmake a trip to Piazza Navona, thendelve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rome visit website.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , thenhunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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