50 days in Europe Itinerary

50 days in Europe Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 day
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Bus to Linz, Train to Vienna
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 day
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Frankfurt journey planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Frankfurt is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Frankfurt due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Jose in December; daily highs in Frankfurt reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gendarmenmarkt and Mitte. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Neues Museum, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Berlin road trip planner.

Getting from Frankfurt to Berlin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Dresden, Germany

— 1 day

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 20th (Mon), take a stroll through Neustadt, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross, then make a trip to Schlossplatz, then steep yourself in history at Stallhof, and finally make a trip to Theaterplatz.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dresden travel site.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dresden are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Staromestske namesti, pause for some photo ops at Franz Kafka Monument, examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague driving holiday planner.

Getting from Dresden to Prague by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to NamEsti Premysla Otakara II, contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Vitus.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rathausplatz and Ringstrasse. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Maria Theresia Denkmal, and explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip builder tool.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 1 day

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see Mystery Dinner, step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip planning tool.

Drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and New York Palace. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to 3d Gallery Budapest, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and steep yourself in history at Matthias Church.

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You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Krakow, Poland

— 4 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Planty Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Ghetto Heroes Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle.

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Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Krakow are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Warsaw, Poland

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, don't miss a visit to Palace of Culture and Science, see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Warsaw sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Moscow, Russia

— 5 nights

Third Rome

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 Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries and Kalachnaya. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Kolomna (Museum of Favorite Toy, Museum House of Samovar, &more), Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye) and Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery (in Zvenigorod). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Victor Vasnetsov House Museum, see the interesting displays at Muzeon Art Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye, and browse the exhibits of State Historical Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Warsaw in January, with highs in Moscow at -7°C and lows at -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Bosphorus Bridge. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and visit Eminonu Square.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip builder tool.

You can fly from Moscow to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow in January, expect Istanbul to be much hotter, temps between 10°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Athens, Greece

— 7 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step off the beaten path and head to Erechtheion and Fortress Palamidi. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio) and Lion Gate (in Mycenae). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Hephaestus, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Athens online journey maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Athens to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casco Historico de Toledo and Mirador del Valle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (San Martin Bridge & Mosque of Christ of the Light). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala, and make a trip to Paseo del Prado.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Madrid takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Athens in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip