29 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Cupola di San Pietro. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary site.

Canberra, Australia to Rome is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Rome. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect nights in Rome to be a bit cooler, around 4°C, while days are much colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza della Signoria and Centro Storico di Siena. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Piazza del Campo, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence travel planning tool.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, Paris is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Atomium. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). When in Brussels, make a side trip to see Belfry of Bruges in Bruges, approximately Bruges away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 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.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and then engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 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.
On the 27th (Wed), wander the streets of Lesser Town, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally browse the exhibits of Powder Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip tool.

Fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Prague is slightly colder than Amsterdam - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 29th (Fri), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and finally admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg holiday planner.

Getting from Prague to Salzburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Stephen's Cathedral and Belvedere Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at MuseumsQuartier Wien, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, and see the interesting displays at Hofburg.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip builder website.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Shoes on the Danube Bank. Discover out-of-the-way places like Matthias Church and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and boost your wellbeing at Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest tour planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami and then take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip tool.

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in January, expect nights in Istanbul to be much hotter, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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