30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  4​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Amoreiras Shopping Centerfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 8th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Alfama, admire the local landmark of Rossio Square, and get a taste of the local shopping with Avenida da Liberdade.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Lisbon, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Head to Longborough & Sezincote Village Shop and Tara Antiques Centrefor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Hailes Church and St Oswald's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (in Slimbridge) and Walks With Hawks (in Cheltenham). Spend the 12th (Thu) on the hunt with Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Westonbirt Arboretum.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bath trip planning tool .

Fly from Lisbon to Bath in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bath

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cotswolds Distillery, Longborough & Sezincote Village Shop, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tara Antiques Centre, Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd
Highlights from your plan
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks
Hailes Church ©
Hailes Church
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles. Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by train from Bath to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bath to Paris. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and finally stop by La Talenta.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barcelona route planner .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Head to Marche Forville and Avenue Jean Medecinfor plenty of shopping. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Nice (Vieille Ville, Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, & more). There's more to do: look for gifts at L'Antre des Delices and take in the exciting artwork at Verrerie Pierini.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Cannes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Cannes, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Cannes

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, Biot
Highlights from your plan
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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 22nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rome online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cannes to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Shop till you drop at Artel and PALLADIUM. Popular historic sites such as Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Rome to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Prague is a bit cooler than Rome - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schonbrunn Palace and St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade). Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarktfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and stop by Altmann & Kühne.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planning app .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Andrassy Avenue or Central Market Hall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), hunt for treasures at Ecseri Flea Market (Ecseri bolhapiac), and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip website .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Ortakoy, then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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