23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 45 min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Train + Drive:  7 h 30 min
7
Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 45 min
8
Saint-Tropez, France
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, take a stroll through Trastevere, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

Plan my day in Rome using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Cape Town, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
When in Florence, make a side trip to see Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Venice online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, things will get slightly colder in Venice: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 22nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Venice in December, things will get little chillier in Budapest: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita.

For maps and tourist information, use the Prague road trip planning website .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Lesser Town
Lesser Town
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Bruges in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Prague in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Bruges: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ambleside.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

3
nights
Ambleside, United Kingdom

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Escape the urban bustle at Seascale Beach and Helvellyn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ambleside: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale), Silecroft Beach (in Silecroft) and Ornamental Gardens (in Grange-over-Sands). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Predator Experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Helm Crag, and Head underground at Cathedral Quarry (Cathedral Cave).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ambleside route maker tool .

Drive from Bruges to Ambleside in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bruges to Ambleside is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grange-over-Sands, Silecroft Beach, Seascale Beach, Cathedral Quarry (Cathedral Cave), Helvellyn
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Seascale Beach ©
Seascale Beach
Predator Experience Ltd ©
Predator Experience Ltd
Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After

3
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Pampelonne and Port Grimaud Beach. Visit Grande Plage du Lavandou and La Ponche Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Plage de Cavaliere (in Le Lavandou). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet and do a tasting at Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ambleside to Saint-Tropez. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ambleside to Saint-Tropez due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cogolin, Le Lavandou, Port Grimaud Beach, Domaine Sainte Marie
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

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