25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Durham, United States
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  12 h 30 min
End: Durham, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon travel route planning site.

Durham, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Durham in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lisbon, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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 1st (Wed): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past 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 explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

Planning Istanbul trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes CHERNOBYL TOUR. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get outside with CHERNOBYL TOUR. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), and then make a trip to Khreshchatyk.

Make your Kiev itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Kiev takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Kiev. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Kiev, ranging from highs of 29°F to lows of 20°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Kiev

Outdoors Tours Museums
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CHERNOBYL TOUR ©
CHERNOBYL TOUR
Khreshchatyk ©
Khreshchatyk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest vacation builder.

You can fly from Kiev to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kiev to Budapest is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kiev in January: highs in Budapest hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally make a trip to Stephansplatz. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then visit Lesser Town.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary website.

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Prague sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Prague in January, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
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, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, take in the views from Tower Bridge, and make a trip to Buckingham Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our London road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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