17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
train:  2​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Barcelona, Spain

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, explore the activities along Retiro Park, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum.

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Barcelona to Madrid is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Madrid to be little chillier, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, browse the exhibits of Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament, and make a trip to Tower of London.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our London visit planner .

You can fly from Madrid to London in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in London to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

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Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, walk around Park And Gardens of Peterhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg road trip app .

Fly from London to St. Petersburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to St. Petersburg. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 26th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, then make a trip to Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Berlin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Berlin is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague online holiday builder .

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In August in Prague, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

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

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

1
night
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 1st (Sun), snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On your second day here, pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest holiday maker .

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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