23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  13 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  14 h 15 min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to The Hague to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Jordaan, stroll around Vondelpark, get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and explore the galleries of Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning site .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Amsterdam. In April, Amsterdam is colder than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris attractions tool .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and then learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence route tool .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Florence at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Church of St. Louis of the French. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome trip maker .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Budapest travel site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in April since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, and finally explore the galleries of Prasna brana. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally see the interesting displays at Czech Repubrick.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in April, you will find days in Prague are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Popular historic sites such as Stirling Castle and St Giles' Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Scotland, browse the exhibits of Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

Find out how to plan Edinburgh trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Prague to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Prague in April, plan for little chillier days in Edinburgh, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Glasgow, Stirling Castle
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

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