23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  10​h
End: Washington DC, United States

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee and Strand Sint-Annaland. Get some cultural insight at Canals area and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk) and The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), Panorama Mesdag, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online route maker .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Vienna.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee, Canals area, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Strand Sint-Annaland
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ringstrasse and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Visit Belvedere Palace and Seebenstein Castle for their historical value. Step out of Vienna with an excursion to Johannesbachklamm in Wurflach--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, get your game on at Time Travel Vienna, and don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vienna: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Johannesbachklamm, Seebenstein Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Budapest Pinball Museum and Margaret Island. Liberty Statue and Matthias Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Budapest's surroundings by going to Fenyes Education Trail of Tata (in Tata), Nemzeti Botanikus Kert (in Vacratot) and Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, see the interesting displays at MicroArt - MikroCsodak Muzeuma, make a trip to Hősök tere, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Budapest travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nemzeti Botanikus Kert, Fenyes Education Trail of Tata, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, MicroArt - MikroCsodak Muzeuma
Highlights from your plan
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
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.
Visit Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial and HMS Belfast for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands and King's College Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to St. George's Chapel (in Windsor), Brooklands Museum (in Weybridge) and Rochester (Rochester Cathedral & Rochester Castle). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Wimpole Estate, and explore the world behind art at Kenwood House.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London itinerary site .

You can fly from Budapest to London in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in London, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cambridge, Rochester, Weybridge, St. George's Chapel, Wimpole Estate
Highlights from your plan
St. George's Chapel ©
St. George's Chapel
Brooklands Museum ©
Brooklands Museum
Wallace Collection ©
Wallace Collection

5
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll explore and learn at Perlan and Borgarnes Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Cave and Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Borgarnes (The Settlement Center & Aurora Borealis), Hraunfossar (in Husafell) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Reykjavik Open Air Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik route planner .

You can fly from London to Reykjavik in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 58°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Borgarnes, The Cave, Horseback Riding Tours, Hraunfossar, Bruarfoss Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Videy Island ©
Videy Island
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Perlan ©
Perlan

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