16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Fly:  1 h 30 min
1
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 45 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
11
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

1
night
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Lisikhinskoye Cemetery, delve into the lush surroundings at Kaiskaya Forest, and then enjoy some diversion at Sport Entertainment Complex Laser People.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Irkutsk online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Irkutsk when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in February, with lows around -25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks Wildlife Nature

1
night
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then make a trip to Reichstag Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip maker tool .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Berlin in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Irkutsk to Berlin, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Prague online travel planner .

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Prague to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Krakow are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

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 11th (Tue): make a trip to Halaszbastya, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Budapest using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can 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

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 12th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip planning site .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

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

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then see La Casa Maledetta, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan travel planning tool .

Fly from Zurich to Milan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Milan, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
La Casa Maledetta ©
La Casa Maledetta
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

You can fly from Milan to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

1
night
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 18th (Tue), examine the collection at Atomium, examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels road trip planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Brussels, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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 19th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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