23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
8
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
9
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
10
Toledo, Spain
— 1 day
11
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Get in touch with nature at The Amstel and Herengracht. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), see the interesting displays at Tassenmuseum Amsterdam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Punta Cana to Amsterdam. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Punta Cana in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Guild Houses, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), thenadmire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
René Magritte Museum ©
René Magritte Museum

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 17th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, thensee the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, thenstroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, thenexamine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Petit Palais
Petit Palais
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Musee Nissim de Camondo ©
Musee Nissim de Camondo

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip builder.

Traveling by train from Paris to Geneva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Geneva at °C and lows at °C. You will leave for Milan on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Geneva

Nightlife Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Marino, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, get engrossed in the history at Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museo Pieta Rondanini, and finally admire the striking features of Arco della Pace. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Vicolo Privato Lavandai, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, thenadmire the masterpieces at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, and finally examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Milan online travel route planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Milan are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Doge's Palace. Let the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Natural History Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take a stroll through Dorsoduro, and browse the collection at libreria Acqua alta.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Venice are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, thenexplore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally stop by Eminonu Square.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Istanbul Archaeological Museum ©
Istanbul Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District and Wawel Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wieliczka Salt Mine and St. Mary's Basilica. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, explore the galleries of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and enjoy some diversion at Cracow Shooting Academy.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Krakow day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Krakow takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Krakow dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District ©
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and Basilica de San Vicente. Step off the beaten path and head to Alcazar of Segovia and Catedral De Cuenca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia), Cuenca (Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol, Historic Walled Town of Cuenca, &more) and Avila (The Four Posts & The Walls of Avila). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Paseo del Prado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Madrid day trip planning site.

Getting from Krakow to Madrid by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Krakow in December, expect Madrid to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Toledo.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cuenca, Avila, Segovia
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

1
day
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Puerta del Sol, take a stroll through Casco Historico de Toledo, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Antonio de Padua, thenbrowse the exhibits of Church of Santo Tomé, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Greco.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Toledo itinerary builder site.

Drive from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Toledo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua

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night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
On the 3rd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, thenwander the streets of La Latina, thenview the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Madrid day trip site.

Drive from Toledo to Madrid in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
La Latina ©
La Latina

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