16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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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
— 3 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.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Madrid. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 54°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Porto.

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Porto, Portugal

— 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Tue), take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, stop by Livraria Lello and then make a trip to Liberdade Square.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip maker website.

Fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Madrid in December; daily highs in Porto reach 60°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to 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.
Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and finally stop by Alfama.

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You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, don't miss a visit to Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally contemplate the long history of Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Venice in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Venice reach 49°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, take in the views from Triple Bridge, visit Ljubljana Old Town, then explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse for gifts or souvenirs at Galerija Mikame, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Bled Island, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ojstrica.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Venice to Ljubljana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in December, things will get a bit cooler in Ljubljana: highs are around 40°F and lows about 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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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 29th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in December; daily highs in Florence reach 55°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling 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.