16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beer Tastings & Tours and Mala strana. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in January: high temperatures in Prague hover around 2°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Budapest vacation builder app .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites
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House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum
Parliament ©
Parliament

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Piazza Navona, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome journey maker website .

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: high temperatures in Rome hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona tour itinerary site .

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in January, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Room Escape Games
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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