16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Madrid and You as well as Mercado San Miguel. On the 1st (Wed), get the lay of the land with Madrid and You, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, stroll through Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), then admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol and then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Madrid travel planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, then admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Park Güell, and finally don't miss a visit to Galería Maxó.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in March, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Paris is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum, then see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March in Brussels, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums
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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle and then snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town Square.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague tour planner.

You can fly from Brussels to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

2
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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Schönbrunn Palace and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then see the interesting displays at Sisi Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, religious sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Capitoline Museums, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome tour planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Rome in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, Rome is a bit warmer than Vienna - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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