22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip website.

Washington, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Amsterdam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in December since evenings lows in Amsterdam dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

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 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay and then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Lavey-les-Bains to see Les Bains de Lavey about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zermatt journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Zermatt takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Rome, Italy

— 2 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and appreciate the history behind La Pieta.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Rome in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip planning tool.

Getting from Rome to Munich by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in December, things will get slightly colder in Munich: highs are around 41°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Petrin Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague tour planning tool.

Drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip website.

You can drive from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the history behind Erechtheion and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Plaka, and then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Athens journey planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Athens. In January, Athens is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.