25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Prasna brana and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at NaFilM: National film museum, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Prague is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Prague, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in January, expect Prague to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Get some historical perspective at Historic Center of Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), admire the striking features of Haus der Musik Wien, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vienna online road trip planner .

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest online tour planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul travel route tool .

You can fly from Budapest 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 (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. When traveling from Budapest in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 48°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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 Roman Forum and Church of St. Louis of the French. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the galleries of Welcome to Rome.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rome itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Rome are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are little chillier (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at M.G. Design, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary site .

Getting from Florence to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Get some historical perspective at Champs-Elysees and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Paris is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and BOZAR Centre for Fine Artsfor plenty of shopping. Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and don't miss a visit to Atomium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): wander the streets of Leidseplein, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip app .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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