25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest vacation planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Budapest. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 3°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then steep yourself in history at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Heldenplatz, then ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum, make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Prague travel planning tool .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Prague sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 13th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by SUMSUM Amsterdam, then make a trip to Anne Frank House, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and finally get to know the resident critters at ARTIS.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in January, with highs in Amsterdam at 7°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then make a trip to Big Ben, and finally ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
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 19th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Quinta da Regaleira, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 21st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome vacation maker site .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in January, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (10°C), and nights are a bit warmer (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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