35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
train:  7​h
8
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train + bus:  13​h 15​min
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Durham, United States

3
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
The Nobel Peace Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), stroll around Vigelandsparken and then examine the collection at The Nobel Peace Center. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Oslo driving holiday planning tool .

Durham, USA to Oslo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Oslo is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in December: high temperatures in Oslo hover around 45°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum
Vigelandsparken ©
Vigelandsparken

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Oslo to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Oslo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Senate Square ©
Senate Square

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.
You've now added Red Light District to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take a stroll through Red Light District.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel route planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki to Amsterdam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Amsterdam at 47°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

1
night
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

You can plan Krakow trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Amsterdam to Krakow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, things will get slightly colder in Krakow: highs are around 34°F and lows about 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

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 Spas as well as CHERNOBYL TOUR. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Andriyivski Uzviz, examine the collection at Software and Computer Museum, pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland), and brush up on your military savvy at Great Patriotic War Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kiev sightseeing planner .

Fly from Krakow to Kiev in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Krakow in January, you will find days in Kiev are slightly colder (29°F), and nights are about the same (20°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Kiev

Tours Outdoors Spas
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
CHERNOBYL TOUR ©
CHERNOBYL TOUR
Andriyivski Uzviz ©
Andriyivski Uzviz
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip builder website .

You can fly from Kiev to Budapest in 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. When traveling from Kiev in January, plan for a bit 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 travel to Munich.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Munich are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Montreux driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Munich to Montreux by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Castle of Gruyeres
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Montreux to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
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 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Las Ramblas, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona vacation planner .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Barcelona sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 44°F at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
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 & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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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, walk around Hyde Park, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the London travel website .

Getting from Lisbon to London by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in January; daily highs in London reach 46°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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