16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Budapest. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Budapest to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vienna tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Prague day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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 21st (Sat), make a trip to Place de la Concorde, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Prague in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

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 23rd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Barcelona travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 25th (Wed): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route builder app .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in December, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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