13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Barcelona, Spain

1
day
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Barcelona International Airport, Girona Airport and Reus Air Base. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

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 25th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
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 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker site .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. Traveling from Rome in December, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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 29th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally step into the grandiose world of Buda Castle. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest online journey planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Mon), examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Brussels takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Brussels when traveling from Budapest in December, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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 (Wed): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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