18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Boston, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Trocadero, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation planning tool .

Boston, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Boston in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Paris. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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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.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, and then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

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Getting from Paris to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Budapest Pinball Museum ©
Budapest Pinball Museum
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 30th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kahlenberg, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirche am Steinhof, then get your game on at Time Travel Vienna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg driving holiday planning site .

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

3
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.
Prague Castle and St Barbara's Church will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Speculum Alchemiae Museum. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Kutna Hora to see Ossuary / The Cemetery Church about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Adventure

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St Barbara's Church
St Barbara's Church

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fraumünster Church and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grossmunster and Schloss Rapperswil. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (The Rosengart Collection & Hofkirche), Uferpromenade Weggis (in Weggis) and Kathedrale St.Gallen (in St. Gallen). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, browse the exhibits of Zunfthaus zur Meisen, wander the streets of Niederdorf, and walk around Parkanlage Zuerihorn.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Prague to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Rapperswil, Lucerne, Uferpromenade Weggis, Kathedrale St.Gallen
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Seebad Enge ©
Seebad Enge
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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