18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Paris, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
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 30th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and then examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally make a trip to Piazza Navona. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, then admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at University Church.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest online road trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in January; daily highs in Budapest reach 3°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna holiday tool .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Lesser Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Prague itinerary builder app .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Prague

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and then examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Atomium, and then admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel route planner .

Getting from Prague to Brussels by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam online driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to 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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