13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Yuma, United States
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Yuma, United States

1
night
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 24th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner .

Yuma, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Yuma to Barcelona is 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yuma in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 59°F and lows are around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

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

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 28th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, then explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rome in December, with highs in Budapest at 40°F and lows at 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Karlskirche, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Rathaus. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Vienna vacation planning website .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Prague road trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner.

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Prague in January, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 45°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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