16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner.

Houston, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 54°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Porto.

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Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa.

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You can fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Porto hover around 60°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Lisbon.

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lisbon online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Venice.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Venice takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Venice due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 49°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, snap pictures at Triple Bridge, then take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ljubljana online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Venice to Ljubljana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Ljubljana to be a bit cooler, temps between 40°F and 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Florence online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ljubljana in December, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 55°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train 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 31st (Fri), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Rome sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rome

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Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.