36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel route planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Rome. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect Rome to be colder, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Budapest to be cooler, around -4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get great views at Petřín, and wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Prague road trip planning site .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Prague, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

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

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip site .

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get your game on at Museumphoto, and contemplate the long history of Begijnhof.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amsterdam vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Berlin to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Oude Griffie, Historic Centre of Brugge, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat).

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt

3
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our London online journey planner .

Getting from Brussels to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in January: highs in London hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

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

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Batllo. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel route planning app .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lisbon tour itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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