17 days in Europe & Marrakech Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Amalfi, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, wander the streets of Gran Via, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip maker tool.

Panama City, Panama to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Panama City to Madrid. In December, Madrid is much colder than Panama City - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Madrid to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can fly to Budapest.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Széchenyi Thermal Bath, then make a trip to Heroes' Square, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Budapest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Budapest to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Amalfi.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Amalfi, Italy — 1 night

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the local landmark of Fontana sant'Andrea, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Giovanni, then admire the masterpieces at Dalla Carta alla Cartolina, then make a trip to Santuario Santa Maria del Bando, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amalfi trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Amalfi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Amalfi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome travel planning site.

You can drive from Amalfi to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Amalfi in January since evenings lows in Rome dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.
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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 9th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally pick up some local products at La Bottega del Produttore.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday app.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Marrakech.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Marrakech, Morocco — 2 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia, then admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, and then examine the collection at Marrakech Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marrakech sightseeing planner.

Fly from Florence to Marrakech in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Florence to Marrakech is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Florence, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardines de Sabatini, stroll around Parque del Retiro, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then look for gifts at Real Fabrica, and finally take an in-depth tour of Lope de Vega Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Madrid online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Marrakech to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Marrakech to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marrakech in January, with highs in Madrid at 12°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Hungary travel guide

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Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 
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