8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
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Madrid, Spain
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
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Budapest, Hungary

— 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Budapest is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, Budapest is cooler than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Real Jardin Botanico, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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Getting from Budapest to Madrid by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

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 26th (Sun), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

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You can fly from Madrid to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

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Side Trip

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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 28th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, and then take a stroll through Plaka.

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Fly from Rome to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Traveling from Rome in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Athens. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.