23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
4
Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
9
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
10
Tromso, Norway
— 1 night
11
Oslo, Norway
— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum, then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 7 hours. In December, Istanbul is colder than Brisbane - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Prague driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

1
night
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, make a trip to Procession of Princes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Dresden trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Prague to Dresden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dresden are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites
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Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Procession of Princes ©
Procession of Princes

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, then steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, then walk around Vondelpark, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker website.

Fly from Dresden to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) ©
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
Begijnhof ©
Begijnhof

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then examine the collection at Atomium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ghent
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and finally admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): gain insight at La Sorbonne, explore the world behind art at Musee De Cluny, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip website.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice route planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Venice sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip tool.

You can drive from Venice to Zermatt in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites
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Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

1
night
Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of The Arctic Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tromso trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Tromso takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. December in Tromso sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Tromso

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral

1
night
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning).

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oslo trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Tromso to Oslo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Tromso, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oslo

Historic Sites
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