24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
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 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of St. Virgil, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then contemplate the long history of Historic Center of Vienna.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna road trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Vienna is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Vienna is 7 hours. November in Vienna sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

1
night
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 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest online trip planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in November, with highs in Rome at 63°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in November; daily highs in Paris reach 51°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, then explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, wander the streets of Temple Bar, then ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online travel route builder .

Fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Dublin is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Saint Patrick's Cathedral ©
Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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.
Katedrala Svateho Vita and Prague Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, enjoy breathtaking views from Petrinska rozhledna, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Prague day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dublin to Prague, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, things will get slightly colder in Prague: highs are around 41°F and lows about 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Prague

Fun & Games Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Prague to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Prague in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then take a stroll through Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, enjoy the sand and surf at Voula Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 59°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the London day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to London takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to London is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Athens in December, with highs in London at 50°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in London

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

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Amager Strandpark and Svanemoelle Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rosenborg Castle and Nyhavn. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), step into the grandiose world of Amalienborg, and contemplate the long history of Christiansborg Slot.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from London to Copenhagen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Copenhagen is 1 hour. While traveling from London, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Copenhagen, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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