22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London ©
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 28th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, then admire the striking features of Houses of Parliament, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, and finally learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of 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 more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our London trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to London, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in London at 50°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus of Prague, make a trip to Old Town Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Prague visit planner.

Fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paris in January, with highs in Prague at 36°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
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.
Vienna is known for museums, parks, nightlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and look for gifts at Xocolat.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then make a trip to Corvin Mozi, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Hősök tere.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 48°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then make a trip to Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Rome hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
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 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planning site .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
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 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On your second day here, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary app .

Getting from Florence to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in January since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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