21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 21st (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco and then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Venice road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Venice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Florence driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), pause for some serene contemplation at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, and explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct.

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Getting from Rome to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. Traveling from Rome in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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 31st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Inner-City Parish Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally don't miss a visit to Andrassy Avenue.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Budapest is slightly colder at night with lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Stephen's Cathedral and Karlskirche. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, contemplate the long history of Freyung, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna journey builder tool .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in January, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Katedrala Svateho Vita, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): head outdoors with Prague for Two, wander the streets of Lesser Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague journey builder app .

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Prague, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in January: high temperatures in Paris hover around 45°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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