22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome online trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence journey planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. On the next day, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Guell.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Big Ben.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the London route planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Barcelona in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
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Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

3
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, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the views from Charles Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, make a trip to Old Town Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Prague tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get a bit cooler in Prague: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square

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.
On the 19th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, stop by Xocolat, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

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Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Parliament, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Parliament ©
Parliament
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Istanbul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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