14 days in Europe Itinerary

14 days in Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
5
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 20th (Sun): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rome road trip tool .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Rome, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Rome to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

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
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 25th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Prague online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Prague to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

1
night
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 (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder 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 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip planning website .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

4
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: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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