18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Paris, France

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 16th (Thu), make a trip to Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, shop like a local with Koller Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then wander the streets of Vaci Street, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning site.

Paris, France to Budapest is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
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 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maria Am Gestade.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. April in Vienna sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere 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.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the striking features of Old Royal Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Prague sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Prague, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip planning website.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take in the exciting artwork at Renssen Art Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, then admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

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You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

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Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

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

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally view the masterpieces at ARTBOX.GALLERY.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zurich road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Via Condotti and Trevimage. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Fly from Zurich to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, Rome is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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