24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cinili Mosque.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Istanbul. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 7°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 9th (Wed): make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and 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 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Silberkammer, examine the collection at The Hofburg, then admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vienna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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 13th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally make a trip to Vaclavske namEsti. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Lesser Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House, then get your game on at Museumphoto, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
On the 17th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Brussels tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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 museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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 24th (Thu), 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 admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome online trip maker.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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