22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Oslo, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Vasa Museum and then examine the collection at Skansen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then don't miss a visit to Stockholm City Hall, and finally explore the world behind art at Fotografiska.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Stockholm is minus 9 hours. In December, Stockholm is colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and then admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oslo vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Stockholm in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oslo, with highs around 8°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Oslo

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

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 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Pergamon Museum, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and then make a trip to East Side Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and finally meet the residents at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral and then take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then admire the striking features of Rathaus, and then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Vienna route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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 28th (Sat), take a stroll through Red Light District, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in December, with highs in Amsterdam at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
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, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, make a trip to Big Ben, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read London sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
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 4th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then stroll through Park Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona travel route tool .

Getting from Paris to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome route planning site .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Barcelona in January, with lows around 4°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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