9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
On the 24th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Prague for Two, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague driving holiday site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Prague reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

1
night
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 26th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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 29th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, and finally admire the striking features of Doge's Palace. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rome in December, with highs in Venice at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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