19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
train:  2​h 15​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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 28th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Atomium and then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brussels route site

London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

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

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip planning tool

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Town Square, make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then make a trip to Charles Bridge.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip website

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get slightly colder in Prague: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Albertina. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Museum Judenplatz, and then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Vienna route website

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Istanbul is 1 hour. When traveling from Vienna in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di San Pietro and Piazza Navona. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Rome road trip planner

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Siena Cathedral and Uffizi Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence and Campanile di Giotto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planner

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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