35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dothan, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
8
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Dothan, United States

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

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Dothan, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Dothan to Amsterdam, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dothan in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 47°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum & Groeningemuseum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), don't miss a visit to Atomium, and browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ulu Cami and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi. Step out of Istanbul with an excursion to Green Tomb in Bursa--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Brussels in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bursa
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

5
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 Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Explore hidden gems such as Catherine Palace and Park and Koporskaya Fortress. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in December, things will get slightly colder in St. Petersburg: highs are around 34°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Koporskaya Fortress
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

4
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Appreciate the collections at Vasa Museum and Royal Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate Uppsala Domkyrka and Riddarholmen Church. Change things up with a short trip to Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Storkyrkan, steep yourself in history at Skogskyrkogarden, and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stockholm holiday maker .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Uppsala
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
ABBA The Museum ©
ABBA The Museum

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.
Budapest Pinball Museum and Miniversum Budapest will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Go for a jaunt from Budapest to Esztergom to see Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), don't miss a visit to Deak teri evangelikus templom, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Andrassy Avenue.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Budapest Pinball Museum ©
Budapest Pinball Museum

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Step off the beaten path and head to State Tretyakov Gallery and Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries. Appreciate the collections at Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo and Tropinin Museum. When in Moscow, make a side trip to see Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Square, make a trip to Kuznetsky Most Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow road trip planner.

Fly from Budapest to Moscow in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in January, things will get little chillier in Moscow: highs are around 21°F and lows about 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo
Highlights from your plan
Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

3
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village, make a trip to Sofiyskaya Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vydubychi Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, and finally see the interesting displays at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Saint Sophia Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicolas Cathedral, then examine the collection at State Aviation Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Cyril's Monastery.

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You can fly from Moscow to Kiev in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Kiev due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moscow in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kiev: highs are around 29°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
Highlights from your plan
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©

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