43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Vienna, Austria
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Vienna, Austria

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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, explore the galleries of Haus der Musik Wien, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna visit planner .

If you are flying in from Austria, the closest major airport is Vienna International Airport. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planning app .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
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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 3rd (Fri): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Venice is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in January since evenings lows in Venice dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. January in Rome sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, stroll around Parc Guell, and make a trip to Las Ramblas.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Belém Tower, and wander the streets of Alfama.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In January in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in London at 9°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (The Markt & Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip builder .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Prague trip planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Prague is slightly colder than Amsterdam - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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