29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, wander the streets of Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagia Triada Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Istanbul, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Auckland in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, browse the exhibits of Hungarian National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
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 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien, then examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, then see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vienna itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen'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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get outside with Prague for Two, appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take a stroll through Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery, take in the views from Charles Bridge, take a stroll through Mala strana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally examine the collection at The Powder Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia. On your second day here, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, see the interesting displays at Ca' Rezzonico, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Prague to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prague in December: highs in Venice hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 28th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome route planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

1
day
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Barcelona route app .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then take a stroll through Montmartre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, then examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), catch a live event at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then get engrossed in the history at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and finally get curious at NEMO Science Museum.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then browse the exhibits of Westminster Abbey, and finally steep yourself in history at Churchill War Rooms. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Tate Modern, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

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Getting from Amsterdam to London by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum of Ethnography will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Nabokov Museum, see the interesting displays at The Peterhof Museum of Playing Cards, and make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from London to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect St. Petersburg to be cooler, temps between -5°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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