18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Madrid, Spain
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 1 day
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 1 day

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Puerta del Sol and then make a trip to Estacion de Atocha.

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If you are flying in from Argentina, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In December in Madrid, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to London.
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

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, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, walk around Hyde Park, and explore the world behind art at The British Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to London due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then examine the collection at Atomium, and then find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels travel route app.

Getting from London to Brussels by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planning app.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get great views at Petřín, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then don't miss a visit to Vaclavske namEsti.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Prague vacation planner.

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Prague to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Tours
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Budapest, Hungary

— 1 night

Pearl of the Danube

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 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and finally don't miss a visit to Corvin Mozi.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Milan.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 18th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Milan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. While traveling from Budapest, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Florence, Italy

— 1 day

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Milan in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Madrid, Spain

— 1 day

Cultural Capital of Spain

On the 23rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museo Lazaro Galdiano, admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24: