36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Rome is colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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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 8th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon online travel route planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Phoenix Park, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip planning site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in December, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the London trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Montmartre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan & The Markt). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), examine the collection at Atomium, and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Brussels journey planning app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amsterdam, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, take some stellar pictures from Petřín, visit Lesser Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Prague online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Prague to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
NaFilM: National film museum ©
NaFilM: National film museum
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

3
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at The Hofburg, browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna road trip planning website.

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
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, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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