24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
3
Figueres, Spain
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Otterlo, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Cathedral of Avila. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Prado National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Avila (The Four Posts & Basilica de San Vicente) and Toledo (Museo de Santa Cruz, Casco Historico de Toledo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Retiro Park, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and wander the streets of Gran Via.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid sightseeing planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Madrid is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Avila
Highlights from your plan
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batllo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Lloret de Mar (Fenals Beach & Lloret Beach) and La Playa de Sitges (in Sitges). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc Guell, stroll through Barceloneta Beach, wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona road trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Figueres.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, La Playa de Sitges, Delta del Llobregat
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
Figueres, Spain

Figueres ©
Figueres is the capital of the comarca of Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí, and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself which attracts many visitors. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at La playa de Tamariu, explore the ancient world of Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret, and then admire the masterpieces at Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol). Here are some ideas for day two: try your luck at Castell de Peralada and then wander the streets of Patronat Call de Girona.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Figueres travel route planning tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Figueres in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Figueres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Castell de Peralada, La playa de Tamariu, Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret, Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol)
Highlights from your plan
La playa de Tamariu ©
La playa de Tamariu

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.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and Belvedere Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military History, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Vienna.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Figueres to Vienna. Traveling from Figueres in December, expect Vienna to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Vitus Cathedral and Mala strana. Visit Prague Castle and St. George's Basilica for their historical value. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, and get outside with Prague for Two.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Prague vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Otterlo.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Otterlo, Holland

Otterlo ©
On the 6th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at De Hoge Veluwe National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Otterlo sightseeing app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Prague to Otterlo. January in Otterlo sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Otterlo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hoge Veluwe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park

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.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. Visiting ARTIS and Reptile House De Aarde will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Callantsoog Beach (in Callantsoog) and Rotterdam Centraal Station (in Rotterdam). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and contemplate the long history of Kooijman Klompenmakerij.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Otterlo to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zaandam, Callantsoog Beach, Rotterdam Centraal Station, Reptile House De Aarde
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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