22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Paris, France

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.
Visit St. Mark's Square and St Mark's Campanile for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Venice vacation planner.

Paris, France to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. January in Venice sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. And it doesn't end there: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and steep yourself in history at Terme di Caracalla.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Vatican Museums
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Residence Parliament, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in January, expect Budapest to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Spas, #Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Town Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Giles Church, don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge, and admire the striking features of Old Royal Palace.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Prague vacation builder.

Fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, and see the interesting displays at Frietmuseum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bruges vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Bruges in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Prague in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Bruges, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bruges

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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