18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Belem, Brazil
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Belem, Brazil

2
nights
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip app .

Belem, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Belem to Paris. Traveling from Belem in November, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Prague road trip tool .

Fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Prague at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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

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 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 7th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome online travel route planner .

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in December, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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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.
On the 9th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip maker website .

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Quinta da Regaleira, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. December in Lisbon sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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