15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs and then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris tour planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence road trip tool.

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Louis of the French and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome driving holiday tool.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in December: highs in Istanbul hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. On the next day, admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest online trip maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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 12th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, and then take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to Staromestske namesti, and finally explore the galleries of Powder Tower.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague route planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer than Prague - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15: