13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Europe tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

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.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of 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.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris visit planner.

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Paris, you'll lose 7 hours 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) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Atomium, and then browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Brussels online route maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, make a trip to Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, then make a trip to East Side Gallery, then make a trip to Gendarmenmarkt, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Salzburg.

Things to do in Berlin

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

Salzburg, Austria

— 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): shop like a local with Getreidegasse, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, admire the striking features of Mirabell Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Berlin to Salzburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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 6th (Fri): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome travel planner.

Fly from Vienna to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 55°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7: