18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Helsinki, Finland

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take an unorthodox tour of Room Escape Warszawa, take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science, and get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Warsaw trip planner .

Helsinki, Finland to Warsaw is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Warsaw. In December, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Room Escape Warszawa ©
Room Escape Warszawa
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, get curious at HistoryLand, and make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Krakow driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©

4
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, and take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

Make your Budapest itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich route website .

Fly from Budapest to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, take in the views from Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and get to know the resident critters at Prague Zoo.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague holiday planning app .

Getting from Zurich to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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