25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Regina, Canada
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Regina, Canada

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 24th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, and then see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. On your second day here, examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, then explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg, and finally contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip builder website .

Regina, Canada to Copenhagen is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Regina to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Regina in December: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek ©
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

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 26th (Sun): explore the galleries of The Powder Tower, make a trip to Old Town Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take a stroll through Mala strana, don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Jewish Cemetery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Prague day trip planning website .

Getting from Copenhagen to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square

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 28th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, then take an in-depth tour of Hungarian National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and then take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul journey maker tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the striking features of Pantheon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

Plan trip to Rome with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you will find days in Rome are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip app .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally make a trip to Arc de Triomphe. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, then admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
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 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Guell, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona route planner .

Getting from Paris to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Praia da Nazare and Praia de Carcavelos for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, get curious at Pavilhao do Conhecimento- Ciencia Viva, steep yourself in history at National Pantheon, and get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lisbon using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Lisbon are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sintra, Praia da Nazare, Praia de Carcavelos
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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