26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h 30 min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
11
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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 (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in April, with highs in Istanbul at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 26th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Budapest road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Budapest in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Budapest is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 28th (Wed): have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in April, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 2nd (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally stop by Lesser Town. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Prague attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Venice in May, with highs in Prague at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip maker.

Fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and finally make a trip to Big Ben.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. May in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
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 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): wander the streets of Las Ramblas, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona route app.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in May; daily highs in Barcelona reach 25°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, then take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, then take a stroll through Alfama, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Vienna.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Chapel of St. Virgil, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vienna day trip planning site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Vienna in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in May; daily highs in Vienna reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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