30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Invercargill, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  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, Holland
— 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, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation maker site .

Invercargill, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

Plan trip to Budapest with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect little chillier with lows of -1°C in Budapest. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a 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 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vienna sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Prague holiday app .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

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 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online trip builder .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Big Ben, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Amsterdam to London by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner.

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. 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.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
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.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. 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
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, stroll around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona tour planner .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough 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, Palacio Nacional de Sintra, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon road trip website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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