36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Madrid, Spain
1
Madrid, Spain
— 12 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
9
Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
End: Madrid, Spain


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12
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Acueduct of Segovia and The Walls of Avila. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Castro de Las Cogotas (in Cardenosa), Castillo de Jadraque (in Jadraque) and Avila (Cathedral of Avila, Auditorio Municipal de San Francisco, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from San Martin Bridge, catch a live event at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, admire the striking features of Alcazar of Segovia, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Madrid itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from Costa Rica, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In December in Madrid, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Castro de Las Cogotas, Castillo de Jadraque
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
San Martin Bridge ©
San Martin Bridge

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 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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You can fly from Madrid to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stare Miasto and Kazmierz The Former Jewish District. Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and look for gifts at Kacper Ryx Historical Shop.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow road trip planning website.

Fly from Paris to Krakow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Krakow reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Kazmierz The Former Jewish District ©
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District
Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally get to know the resident critters at Prague Zoo. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, then stop by Hradcany, then look for gifts at Pražská Čokoláda - Nerudova, and finally have some family-friendly fun at History Foto Atelier.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Prague vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Hradcany ©
Hradcany
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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 9th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then make a trip to Stephansplatz, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then take an in-depth tour of Sisi Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Hofburg.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna online route planner.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Wed), wander the streets of Cannaregio, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Prato della Valle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally look for gifts at Magie di Carnevale.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Vienna in January, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Prato della Valle
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Prato della Valle ©
Prato della Valle

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Pieta and Etruscaia. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Azienda Agricola Monte Jugo (in Viterbo), Romitori di Ischia di Castro (in Ischia di Castro) and Santuario Francescano del Presepe (in Greccio). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rome online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in January; daily highs in Rome reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Azienda Agricola Monte Jugo, Romitori di Ischia di Castro, Etruscaia, Sea Horse Club
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and finally learn the tricks of the trade with Time Out Market Lisboa. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Bairro Alto, wander the streets of Chiado, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally take a stroll through Alfama.

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Getting from Rome to Lisbon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Lisbon. Traveling from Rome in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Lisbon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Alfama ©
Alfama
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Bairro Alto ©
Bairro Alto

2
nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Monserrate, admire the striking features of Quinta da Regaleira, then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and finally admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Cascais, then explore the striking landscape at Boca do Inferno, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sintra trip itinerary builder.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In January, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cascais
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Centro Historico de Cascais ©
Centro Historico de Cascais

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Acueduct of Segovia and Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: The Walls of Avila (in Avila), Iglesia de Santa Coloma (in Albendiego) and Toledo (Jacinta & Maria Chocolates, Taberna Tecnica de Vinos Amboades, &more). See some other sides of Madrid: walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Madrid online tour planner.

Fly from Sintra to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sintra to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sintra in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, The Walls of Avila, Acueduct of Segovia, Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Iglesia de Santa Coloma
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

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