25 days in Italy, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

25 days in Italy, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Italy, Austria & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
shuttle:  6​h
2
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
9
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Madrid, Spain


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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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Prague itinerary planner .

Berlin, Germany to Prague is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and explore the galleries of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Krakow online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Krakow are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Budapest online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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E- Exit Escape Game ©
E- Exit Escape Game
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, and then get engrossed in the history at Devin Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bratislava road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Bratislava are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

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 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Stephansplatz, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, and then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip maker tool .

You can drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, parks, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace, browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and admire the masterpieces at Museum der Moderne Monchsberg.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Venice online attractions planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Salzburg in February; daily highs in Venice reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Florence, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pisa online road trip planner .

Take a train from Florence to Pisa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February in Pisa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Battistero ©
Battistero

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Rome travel planning website .

You can fly from Pisa to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. February in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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