18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and Augustinerkirche for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vienna online tour planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Vienna is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Vienna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in December, things will get colder in Vienna: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Prague.
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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 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, and then stop by History Foto Atelier. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough 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 27th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then wander the streets of Vaci Street, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg route planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church.

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You can drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 1 night

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 31st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, then admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munich journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Munich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
Attractions like Eiffel Tower and Le Marais make great kid-friendly stops. Head to Champs-Elysees and Neijfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Munich in January, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Rotsee - Badi, then buy something for everyone on your list at Emmen Center, then get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Luzern.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Lucerne reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome trip tool.

Fly from Lucerne to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in January, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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