25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

1
day
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Porto holiday planner .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to Porto is 3 hours. In January, Porto is cooler than Porto Alegre - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Porto

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games

3
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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris journey builder tool .

Getting from Porto to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Paris. Traveling from Porto in January, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Atomium, admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally steep yourself in history at Maison d'Erasme.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Brussels day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, and finally steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
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 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, then appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), and finally see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin online travel route builder .

Fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums
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Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rumeli Fortress. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zeyrek Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning website .

Getting from Berlin to Istanbul by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Istanbul are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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): appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest route site .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, browse the exhibits of Haus der Musik Wien, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Maria Am Gestade.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Campanile di Giotto. Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Duomo di Siena (in Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Vienna in January, expect Florence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Duomo di Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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 23rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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