23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rostock, Germany
Drive:  9 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Rostock, Germany

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Louwman Museum The Hague (in The Hague) and Canals area (in Utrecht). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, get lost in a book at OBA Library of Amsterdam, and admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip builder site .

Rostock, Germany to Amsterdam is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Canals area, Louwman Museum The Hague
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Room Escape Games
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and The Army Museum. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, snap pictures at Pont-Neuf, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder app .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Cabo da Roca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Room Escape Games

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 18th (Wed), wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, then test your team's savvy at Enigmik Escape Room, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico di Siena and Piazza del Duomo. Step out of Florence to go to Siena and see Biblioteca Piccolomini, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and La Pieta. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, admire the local landmark of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rome travel planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls ©
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

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 26th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. On the next day, get your game on at Invisible Exhibition, get your game on at E- Exit Escape Game, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Budapest to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
E-Exit Escape Game ©
E-Exit Escape Game
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Stephansplatz. Go for a jaunt from Vienna to Melk to see Melk Abbey about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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 31st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, pause for some serene contemplation at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Prague, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

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