17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 day
train:  12​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— Few hours
3
Inari, Finland
— 2 nights
4
Levi, Finland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Pitea, Sweden
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Levi, Finland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
day
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then take a stroll through Ullanlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

few
hours
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online travel route planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in March; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -1°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.
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Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge

2
nights
Inari, Finland

Inari ©
On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, then take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, and finally get outside with Lake Inari.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Inari are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Levi, Finland

Levi
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi trip website .

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Levi are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. You will leave for Pitea on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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1
day
Pitea, Sweden

Pitea ©
Piteå is a locality and the seat of Piteå Municipality in Norrbotten County, Sweden. You've now added Polar Explorer Icebreaker to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take a tour by water with Polar Explorer Icebreaker and then head outdoors with Svedjekojan in Swedish Lapland.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pitea online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Pitea takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Levi to Pitea is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pitea

Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Polar Explorer Icebreaker, Svedjekojan in Swedish Lapland
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Polar Explorer Icebreaker ©
Polar Explorer Icebreaker

1
night
Levi, Finland

Levi ©
On the 20th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm and then glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Levi online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Pitea to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ranua Zoo. On the 21st (Thu), get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then take an exotic tour of Ranua Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
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.
You've added Vanov Waterfalls, Milesovka, Prague Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visiting Sumava National Park and Zamecek VEtruse will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, cruise along Transport Artists, and identify plant and animal life at Kralovska Obora-Stromovka.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Prague journey planning site .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Prague in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rovaniemi to Prague. In March, Prague is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Usti nad Labem, Sumava National Park, Milesovka
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Vanov Waterfalls ©
Vanov Waterfalls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace (Hofburg) as well as Alpine Joe - Mountain Hiking Guide. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kahlenberg, then get in touch with nature with Alpine Joe - Mountain Hiking Guide, and then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, then take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Vienna, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

4
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.
You've added Thermal Spas, Legenda Sightseeing Boats, Margaret Island, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Fisherman's Bastion and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner.

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Depo-Z
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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