53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boracay, Philippines
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  19​h
End: Boracay, Philippines

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern Museum. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website .

Boracay, Philippines to Istanbul is an approximately 20-hour combination of ferry, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boracay to Istanbul is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Boracay in December, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
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 State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and Russian Museum. Let the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Sovereign's Fun capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the historical opulence of Catherine's Body, take an in-depth tour of Yusupov Palace, and browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg tour planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, St. Petersburg is cooler than Istanbul - with highs of -5°C and lows of -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get some historical perspective at Matthias Church and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Spend the 11th (Fri) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel route planning app .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in January, expect Budapest to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

5
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.
Let the collections at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and MuseumsQuartier Wien capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and Schonbrunn Palace. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military History, and get curious at Technisches Museum.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vienna holiday planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Prague Astronomical Clock and Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral of St. Barbara in Kutna Hora (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town Square, view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, explore the galleries of National Gallery in Prague, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague driving holiday website .

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

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

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take a stroll through Red Light District, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museum Het Schip.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary app .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer than Prague - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Popular historic sites such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Maison d'Erasme are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, make a trip to Atomium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brussels online travel route planner .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Brussels sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Palace of Versailles. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise), get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris travel route builder app .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Belém Tower and Park and National Palace of Pena. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jeronimos Monastery and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Quinta da Regaleira). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, see the interesting displays at National Tile Museum, take in the exciting artwork at A Arte da Terra, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in February: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 18°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, explore the world behind art at Fundacio Joan Miro, examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planning tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums 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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Siena Cathedral for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Uffizi Galleries and Pitti Palace. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planning tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February in Florence, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Duomo di Siena
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

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Sistine Chapel. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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