46 days in Europe Itinerary

46 days in Europe Itinerary

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46 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take a stroll through Ortakoy, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Tuzak ©
Tuzak
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Halaszbastya and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and get your game on at E-Exit Escape Game.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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E-Exit Escape Game ©
E-Exit Escape Game
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Schonbrunn Palace and Prater. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and admire the striking features of Haus der Musik Wien.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park and Petrinska rozhledna will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Charles Bridge, do sightseeing your way with CityQuester, get your game on at Breakout Prague - Real Life Escape Games, and step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Prague online trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Prague

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks
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Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tivoli Gardens and Rundetarn. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid, and steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and St Stephens Green will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, make a trip to Grafton Street, see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Dublin is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Copenhagen in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Tower Bridge and Natural History Museum. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and test your team's savvy at Locked In A Room.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the London visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in London are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

4
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.
Attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get your game on at Wildness, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee des Arts et Metiers ©
Musee des Arts et Metiers

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Pavilhao do Conhecimento. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Speed Boats Tours
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, have some family-friendly fun at Virtua, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. January in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Colosseum and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip builder app.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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