30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Invercargill, New Zealand
Fly:  30 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
11
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  35 h
End: Invercargill, New Zealand

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: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

Invercargill, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

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 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, thensee the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, thenappreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), thensteep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Budapest online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Budapest. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo. On the next day, examine the collection at The Hofburg, thenadmire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna day trip site.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, thenmake a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Prague trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), thenadmire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, thenget engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam journey tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Big Ben, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, thencontemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, thenlearn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

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Getting from Amsterdam to London by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker app.

Take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, thencontemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, thenexplore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, thenadmire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online travel route planner.

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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 20th (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome online travel route planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 22nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, thenadmire the striking features of Casa Batllo, thenadmire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, walk around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

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

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Food Tours
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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