18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia

— 1 night

Paris of the North

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then examine the collection at House of the Black Heads, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally stroll around Dzintari Forest Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Riga trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from Latvia, the closest major aiport is Riga International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 1 night

Jerusalem of Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
On the 1st (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, then hit the slopes at Liepkalnis, and finally stop by Vilnius Old Town.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vilnius journey planner.

Traveling by car from Riga to Vilnius takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Riga in January since evenings lows in Vilnius dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Vilnius

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at HistoryLand, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Fly from Vilnius to Krakow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Vilnius in February, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Krakow

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Belvedere Palace and Historic Center of Vienna will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Krakow to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nice, France

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, wander the streets of La Croisette, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice online trip maker.

You can fly from Vienna to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in February, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Le Marais. Visit Champs-Elysees and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning app.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in February, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Markt, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bruges day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Brussels sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, visit Potsdamer Platz, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip builder site.

You can fly from Brussels to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.