28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rome online tour builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Rome reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 6th (Tue), make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kids will enjoy Natural History Museum and Coca-Cola London Eye. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to London takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to London. While traveling from Barcelona, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in London, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Markt and Grand Place. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Groeningemuseum & Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels online trip maker.

Getting from London to Brussels by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, you will find days in Brussels are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

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 15th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid and then admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brussels to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reichstag Building and The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Berlin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namEsti), wander the streets of Lesser Town, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, and finally get in on the family fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague travel route planning site.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Family-friendly places like Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, find something for the whole family at Prater, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planning app.

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Bring the kids along to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and soak in style at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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