31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 7 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria

— 2 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.
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Johannesburg, South Africa to Vienna is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Vienna reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Budapest, Hungary

— 6 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Prague Zoo, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Prague day trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), visit Bratislava Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, snap pictures at New Bridge (Novy Most), then take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cumil. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana, then get engrossed in the history at Devin Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at Nedbalka Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bratislava tour planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Bratislava takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In December in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

See even more of Budapest: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the resident critters at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, get engrossed in the history at Hungarian National Museum, and stroll around Margaret Island.

Plan trip to Budapest with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Salzburg, Austria

— 7 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Innsbruck (RathausGalerien, Altstadt von Innsbruck, &more), Hallstatt (Salzwelten Hallstatt & Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick") and Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Salzburg road trip planning tool.

Drive from Budapest to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

Change things up with these side-trips from Budapest: Eger (Dobo Square, Eger Castle, &more). See some other sides of Budapest: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Citadel, explore the activities along Danube River, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest journey maker.

You can drive from Salzburg to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Vienna, Austria

— 1 night

City of Dreams

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and then admire the striking features of Rathaus. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo and then admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna journey tool.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8: