18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, make a trip to Big Ben, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Saatchi Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our London tour app.

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to London. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in London hover around 53°F and lows are around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Pantheon.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris visit planner.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In November in Paris, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

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 2nd (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, then explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see photos and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Rome to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in December, things will get a bit cooler in Budapest: highs are around 40°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

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 4th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel svatého Jiljí, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, make a trip to Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 2 nights

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to The Markt, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, stop by Pierre Marcolini, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Universal Exports, then examine the collection at Museum De Reede, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp visit app.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then walk around Vondelpark, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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