17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Paris, France

1
night
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 4th (Wed): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Wildness, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and St Stephens Green will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and stroll around Phoenix Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dublin holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then walk around Parc Guell, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Witching Hour Room Escape.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dublin to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, you will find days in Barcelona are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, browse the exhibits of Welcome to Rome, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in December, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tuzak ©
Tuzak
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, get your game on at E- Exit Escape Game, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then get curious at Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect little chillier with lows of -1°C in Budapest. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Fun & Games Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
E-Exit Escape Game ©
E-Exit Escape Game
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

3
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.
Attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Rathaus make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at The Hofburg.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vienna online visit planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

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