13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Parliament.

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Cairo, Egypt to Budapest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, things will get cooler in Budapest: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Parliament ©
Parliament
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 25th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally look for gifts at Xocolat.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vienna online trip planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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 27th (Thu), take in the views from Charles Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, and finally get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town Square.

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You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Louvre Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle. On the next day, examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Prague in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 31st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then stroll through Park Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park 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.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome attractions planning tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): wander the streets of Ortakoy, then admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rome to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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