15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  14​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll around Parc Guell and then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Barcelona is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is 5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Juan in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the activities along Canal Grande, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere. On your second day here, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Venice to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in January, expect Budapest to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

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 2nd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Prater and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vienna online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

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.
On the 4th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Prague Zoo, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then get in on the family fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then get curious at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower and then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Lisbon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Prague to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in February, with highs in Lisbon at 18°C and lows at 9°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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