13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Springfield, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Springfield, United States

1
day
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 17th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Batllo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona vacation planner .

Springfield, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In December, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Springfield - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park 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.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Paris is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, contemplate the long history of Houses of Parliament, then stroll through St. James's Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Big Ben.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read London journey planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in London

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Charles Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague itinerary maker tool .

Fly from London to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Prague. In December, Prague is little chillier than London - with highs of 41°F and lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 23rd (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace. On your second day here, admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

#Parks, #Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Parliament ©
Parliament
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

Plan trip to Rome with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 57°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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