5 days in Europe Itinerary

5 days in Europe Itinerary

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5 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Jerusalem, Israel

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Athens is an approximately 6-hour flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Jerusalem in December: highs in Athens hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Prague visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in December, things will get slightly colder in Prague: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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

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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 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Budapest visit app .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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