15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Athens, Greece

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally contemplate the long history of Hősök tere.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel planner .

Paris, France to Budapest is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Stephansplatz, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Venice route planner .

Fly from Prague to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Prague in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally wander the streets of Trastevere.

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

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Rome in December, plan for slightly colder days in Amsterdam, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, make a trip to Grand Place, admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels online route builder .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Brussels to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In December, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

1
night
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 30th (Mon): walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Zurich online tour builder .

Getting from Barcelona to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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