25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
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
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  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 with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Durham, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Lisbon is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Durham in December, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to 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. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip site .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time 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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You've now added CHERNOBYL TOUR to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a short side trip with CHERNOBYL TOUR. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Great Patriotic War Museum, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), and then don't miss a visit to Khreshchatyk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kiev trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Kiev takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Kiev is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Kiev: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 20°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Kiev

Outdoors Tours Museums
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CHERNOBYL TOUR ©
CHERNOBYL TOUR
Khreshchatyk ©
Khreshchatyk
Rodina Mat (Motherland) ©
Rodina Mat (Motherland)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, make a trip to Halaszbastya, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Hősök tere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kiev to Budapest due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kiev in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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): take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Prague visit planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
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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.
Kick 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. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online attractions planner .

Getting from Prague to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in January, with highs in Paris at 45°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a 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, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our London trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

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

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