27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— Few hours
train:  6 h 30 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
train:  6 h 30 min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
train:  4 h
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Florence, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  6 h 15 min
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4 h 30 min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
12
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip builder site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. You'll set off for Berlin on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stop by Mitte, take in the exciting artwork at Camera Work, and then explore the galleries of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Die Hackeschen Hoefe, then explore the wide array of goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Berlin vacation builder.

Fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ©
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague. Do some cultural sightseeing at Staromestske namesti and Prague Astronomical Clock. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, pause for some serene contemplation at St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral, and examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Prague itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Budapest Pinball Museum and Miniversum Budapest. Do your shopping at Vaci Street and Book Cafe - Lotz Terem. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, make a trip to Heroes' Square, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at The Hofburg, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, enjoy some diversion at Time Travel Vienna, then take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna day trip planning website.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien ©
Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien

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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 31st (Tue): explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally browse the different shops at T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online journey planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Vienna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Monastero Di S.Benedetto (in Subiaco). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in January, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
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Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 6th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then look for gifts at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence day trip site.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil and then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lucerne itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Florence to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Lucerne is little chillier than Florence - with highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Glasi Hergiswil
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil

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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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Montmartre. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

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

Getting from Lucerne to Paris by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lucerne in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Grand Place, contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brussels road trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in January, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of The Jordaan, take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and then examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Hague
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery

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