22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
7
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
8
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
9
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
10
Tromso, Norway
— 1 night
11
Kirkenes, Norway
— 1 night
12
Narvik, Norway
— 2 nights

1
night
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 16th (Wed): admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Zeyrek Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Istanbul is minus 7 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Istanbul at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, thenadmire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), thensteep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, thenexamine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hungarian National Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Budapest. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Collection of Old Musical Instruments, examine the collection at The Hofburg, thensteep yourself in history at Freyung, thensee the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vienna sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

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
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 22nd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, thenponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria della Vittoria, browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, thencontemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in December; daily highs in Rome reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, thenmake a trip to Big Ben, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, thendon't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at London Transport Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our London online day trip planner.

Fly from Rome to London in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Rome in December, plan for a bit cooler days in London, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 26th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, steep yourself in history at Kastellet, contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, thensteep yourself in history at Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, learn about all things military at Krigsmuseet, thendon't miss a visit to St. Alban's Church, thenget engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Copenhagen itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from London to Copenhagen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Copenhagen hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

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nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Storkyrkan, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Riddarholmen Church, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, thenexplore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, and finally admire the masterpieces at Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with The Green Trails and then see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, things will get little chillier in Stockholm: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Skansen ©
Skansen
Fotografiska Stockholm ©
Fotografiska Stockholm

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Helsinki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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night
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Thu), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

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

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Tromso.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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Tromso, Norway

Tromso ©
The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): browse the collection at Tromso Public library and City Archives, thentake in the exciting artwork at Lone Slydahl, thenpause for some photo ops at Memorial to Deportation of Jews of Tromso, and finally glide through natural beauty at Base Tromso.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tromso trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Tromso in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tromso: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kirkenes.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors Trails Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Base Tromso ©
Base Tromso
Lone Slydahl ©
Lone Slydahl
Memorial to Deportation of Jews of Tromso ©

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night
Kirkenes, Norway

Kirkenes ©
Kirkenes is a town in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, in the far northeastern part of Norway. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Treriksroysa and then take an in-depth tour of Varanger Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kirkenes trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tromso to Kirkenes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Kirkenes is a bit cooler than Tromso - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Narvik.

Things to do in Kirkenes

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Varanger Museum ©
Varanger Museum

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Narvik, Norway

Narvik ©
or Áhkanjárga is the third-largest town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway by population. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Narvikfjellet, thenbrowse the collection at Narvik Bibliotek, and then get engrossed in the history at Narvik Krigsmuseum.

Make your Narvik itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Kirkenes to Narvik by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, taxi, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kirkenes in January, with highs in Narvik at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Narvik

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Narvikfjellet ©
Narvikfjellet
Narvik Bibliotek ©
Narvik Bibliotek

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