41 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul visit planner.

Ko Ngai, Thailand to Istanbul is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Turkey Time is minus 4 hours. In December, Istanbul is much colder than Ko Ngai - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Budapest.
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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), view the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and contemplate the long history of Matthias Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budapest route planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Budapest is little chillier at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Vienna.
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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Albertina, steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, and make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna road trip planning tool.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and finally find something for the whole family at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Prague itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in December: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Church of Our Lady Bruges, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brussels journey tool.

Drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our London trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to London in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to London is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brussels in December, plan for a bit warmer days in London, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris road trip planning app.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Getting from Paris to Madrid by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, visit Plaka, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Athens online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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