17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

1
night
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), take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church and then make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Budapest online visit planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Budapest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, things will get cooler in Budapest: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

1
night
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): explore the galleries of Devin Castle (hrad).

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bratislava travel app .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. December in Bratislava sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. 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

#Historic Sites, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Devin Castle (hrad) ©
Devin Castle (hrad)

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then stop by Xocolat, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip planner .

Getting from Bratislava to Vienna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Wed), get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Prague trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Prague

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Prague to Brussels by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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2
nights
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): wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

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

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 30th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, then go for a walk through Avenida da Liberdade, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the next day, stroll through Park Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°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, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
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 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To plan Florence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Barcelona to Florence by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in January: high temperatures in Florence hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°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:
Highlights from your plan
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

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 3rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rome road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Rome, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off 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:
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner .

Getting from Rome to Istanbul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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