56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Peretola Airport, Drive to Prato
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Prato, Italy
— 20 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Prato, Italy — 20 nights

Prato is a city and comune in Tuscany, Italy, the capital of the Province of Prato. To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Prato trip itinerary planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Prato is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Prato. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Prato, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Prato to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Prato in December, things will get slightly colder in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.
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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Milan to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In December, Budapest is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Vienna.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna attractions planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for Prague.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Prague, Czech Republic — 3 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.
Prague is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, don't miss a visit to Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namEsti), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary site.

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Brussels.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Belfry of Bruges, The Markt, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Laeken, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brussels online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Prague to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Side Trip
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at De Nieuwe Kerk, walk around Vondelpark, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for Edinburgh.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, make a trip to The Royal Mile, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Edinburgh Old Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to London.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

London, United Kingdom — 7 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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, admire the striking features of Houses of Parliament, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 7:

Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Side Trip
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.
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