17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Austin, United States
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h
End: Austin, United States

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker site .

Austin, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Austin to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Austin in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 47°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

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

Getting from Paris to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Barcelona at 59°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 40°F and lows are around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna attractions planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Lesser Town, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 30th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

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You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Prague in December, things will get a bit warmer in Amsterdam: highs are around 47°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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