17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Seattle, United States

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 8th (Sun): wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and then admire the striking features of Dancing House. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary maker site .

Seattle, USA to Prague is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Prague is 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seattle in December; daily highs in Prague reach 41°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Budapest online trip builder .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

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Traveling by flight from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in December, with highs in Rome at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
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 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris journey builder tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 47°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then make a trip to Grand Place, and then examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then stroll around Vondelpark, then have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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