38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dunedin, New Zealand
Fly:  32​h
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
9
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Dunedin, New Zealand

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt travel route app .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Frankfurt is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Dunedin to Frankfurt due to the time zone difference. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites
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Dreikonigskirche ©
Dreikonigskirche

5
nights
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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Munich Residenz and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Nuremberg (Frauenkirche & Nuremberg Palace of Justice), Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald (in Mittenwald) and Wies Church (in Steingaden). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along English Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Kreuzkapelle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

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Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Munich, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nuremberg, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, Wies Church
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paris to go to Orleans and see Orléans Cathedral, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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You can fly from Munich to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, Paris is a bit warmer than Munich - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Orléans Cathedral
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

3
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 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Herengracht, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, don't miss a visit to The Amstel, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online route planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Canals area
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Canals area ©
Canals area
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

5
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Escape the urban bustle at Gurkenradweg Spreewald and Grosser Zechliner See. Frauenkirche and Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben), Dresden (Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister & Katholische Hofkirche - Dresden) and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen (in Oranienburg). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Potsdam's Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule), and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dresden, Lubben, Grosser Zechliner See, Potsdam's Gardens, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen ©

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Diana Lookout Tower and Vridelni kolonada. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost and Mlynska kolonada. Get out of town with these interesting Prague side-trips: The State Chateau of Hluboká (in Hluboka nad Vltavou), Church (in Loket) and St Barbara's Church (in Kutna Hora). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svateho Josefa, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Karlovy Vary, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, Church, The State Chateau of Hluboká, St Barbara's Church
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost ©
St Barbara's Church
St Barbara's Church

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kekesteto Sicentrum and City Park Városliget. Do some cultural sightseeing at Halaszbastya and Citadel. Venture out of the city with trips to Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom), Nagyvillam Ski Slope (in Visegrad) and Ipolytarnoci Osmaradvanyok Termeszetvedelmi Terulet (in Ipolytarnoc). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, head off the coast to Margaret Island, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest vacation maker tool .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ipolytarnoci Osmaradvanyok Termeszetvedelmi Terulet, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, Nagyvillam Ski Slope, Kekesteto Sicentrum
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 14:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and San Pietro in Vincoli. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Cupola di San Pietro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Monastero Di S.Benedetto (in Subiaco). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rome online attractions planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in Rome at 15°C and lows at 4°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cappella Colleoni, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di Chiaravalle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Rome to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in January, things will get little chillier in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bergamo, Certosa di Pavia
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Certosa di Pavia ©
Certosa di Pavia

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