13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary planner

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris online road trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 47°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), then don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 31st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom, make a trip to East Side Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Gendarmenmarkt, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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 2nd (Mon), stop by Lesser Town, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in January, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), examine the collection at Hofburg, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Vienna tour website.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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), contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

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 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip website.

Fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 55°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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