10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Paris at 47°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome route maker app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Budapest journey maker app .

Getting from Rome to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Budapest to be a bit cooler, temps between 40°F and 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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 31st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna route planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Prague trip tool .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Amsterdam day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in January: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 43°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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