18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
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, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the London trip maker tool .

Washington DC, USA to London is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to London. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in London, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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.
On the 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

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
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 11th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague trip builder .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get little chillier in Prague: highs are around 36°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the masterpieces at Silberkammer, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna online holiday maker .

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, make a trip to Halaszbastya, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip site .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to 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 17th (Fri), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome tour planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in Rome at 55°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then walk around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

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
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In January, daytime highs in Lisbon are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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