11 days in Western Europe & Eastern Europe Itinerary

11 days in Western Europe & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Western Europe & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip builder tool .

Istanbul, Turkey to Rome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip builder tool .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Atomium, then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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 26th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vienna itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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