17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Alicante, Spain
1
Alicante, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Alicante, Spain

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Alicante, Spain

Alicante ©
As Valencia’s second largest city and one of the most well-known along the Costa Blanca, Alicante has an enchanting atmosphere that blends rich history with animated beach life.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): make a trip to Explanada de Espana, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA), and then partake in some friendly competition at The X-Door Alicante.

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If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airports are Alicante International Airport, Región de Murcia International Airport and Valencia Airport. January in Alicante sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Alicante

Museums Fun & Games
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Explanada de Espana ©
Explanada de Espana

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get in on the family fun at Prater, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

Getting from Alicante to Vienna by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Alicante in January, plan for cooler days in Vienna, with highs around 3°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bratislava.

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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Devin Castle, then don't miss a visit to Michalska Brana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostol a kláštor sv. Alžbety, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Stary most, then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), and finally have some family-friendly fun at Mackafe (cat cafe).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bratislava itinerary planner .

Drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Budapest itinerary builder .

Drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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night
Oswiecim, Poland

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, get engrossed in the history at Zamek Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Defense Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Oswiecim vacation planning tool .

Getting from Budapest to Oswiecim by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daytime highs in Oswiecim are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Zamek Museum ©
Zamek Museum
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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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.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, have some family-friendly fun at Gokarting Center, and explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Oswiecim to Krakow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Krakow are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

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

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