29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
11
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll around Parc Guell and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona road trip site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Barcelona is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Paris is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 12th (Sat), admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Amsterdam is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): take a stroll through Lesser Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Prague online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Prague is slightly colder than Amsterdam - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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 18th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find reviews, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vienna holiday planning site .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, make a trip to Halaszbastya, and admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest online holiday planner .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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E-Exit Escape Game ©
E-Exit Escape Game
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the activities along Canal Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice online itinerary maker .

You can fly from Istanbul to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Venice is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Venice is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

6
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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