18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus and then explore the world behind art at Albertina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo and then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary builder tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Vienna is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour builder app.

You can fly from Vienna to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in December, expect Amsterdam to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

London, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, then stroll around St. James's Park, and finally learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our London visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Paris, France

— 3 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 historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

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Take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then catch a live event at Camp Nou, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can fly to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Florence is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Rome, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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