24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Rust, Germany
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Budapest, Hungary

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.
Bring the kids along to MuseumsQuartier Wien and Schönbrunn Zoo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien and Rathausplatz. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of State Hall of the Austrian National Library, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and admire the masterpieces at Albertina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip site .

Budapest, Hungary to Vienna is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien ©
Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien
Schonbrunner Gardens ©
Schonbrunner Gardens
Peterskirche ©
Peterskirche

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and Ossuary / The Cemetery Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Barbara's Church and Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Hradcany, meet the residents at Prague Zoo, don't miss a visit to Franz Kafka Monument, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Prague sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

St Barbara's Church, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
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St Barbara's Church ©
St Barbara's Church
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost ©
St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral ©

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov and then steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cesky Krumlov route planner.

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm and then explore the historical opulence of Linderhof Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bannwaldsee, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zugspitze.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip tool .

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rust.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Schloss Linderhof, Altstadt von Fuessen, Bannwaldsee
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze

2
nights
Rust, Germany

Rust ©
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
On the 21st (Sun), find something for the whole family at Europa-Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Munsterplatz and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Freiburger Münster.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rust trip tool .

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rust takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Rust can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rust

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Freiburg im Breisgau
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Munsterplatz
Munsterplatz

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto and Pozzo di San Patrizio. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Civita di Bagnoregio (San Donato Church & Civita di Bagnoregio). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, steep yourself in history at Villa Borghese, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rust to Rome in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rust in July, with highs in Rome at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cascata delle Marmore, St. Peter's Square, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura ©
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as San Gimignano 1300 and Castello di Monteriggioni. Centro Storico di Siena and Siena Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Torre del Mangia (in Siena), Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Camposanto) and Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano). Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Le mura di Lucca, Abbazia di San Galgano
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San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni
Camposanto ©
Camposanto

3
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.
Dorsoduro and Scuola Grande di San Rocco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Torre dell'Orologio and Libreria Acqua Alta. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Scrovegni Chapel, & more). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Venice road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Venice sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Torre dell'Orologio ©
Torre dell'Orologio
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 3rd (Sat), wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, then make a trip to Preseren Square, then hike along Vintgar Gorge, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): snap pictures at Tromostovje, then explore the fascinating underground world of Postojna Caves, and then explore the historical opulence of Predjama Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip itinerary website .

Getting from Venice to Ljubljana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in August, expect Ljubljana to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Postojna, Vintgar Gorge
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Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave

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