Perhaps this is your first time traveling to Europe, or maybe you’ve been before but would like to see it again with fresh eyes. Either way, we’re sure you’ll love this 3-week Winter in Europe travel itinerary.
Europe really does have everything – from beautiful historical monuments and spectacular architecture to scenic natural views and snow-capped mountains. In this travel itinerary, you’ll get the best of both worlds. So without further adieu, here it is…
Day 1-2: London, England
Your Europe travel itinerary kicks off in beautiful London. London really is exquisite during this time of year – the air is crisp and cool and people are preparing for Christmas. And there’s no shortage of stuff to do in London. Here’s what I recommend you do in London:
Things to do in London:
- Big Ben: take a stroll along the north end of the Palace of Westminster to get to Big Ben.
- Westminster Abbey: a grand and glorious gothic church located just next door to Big Ben.
- London Eye: hop on the London Eye to get a scenic view of this famous city’s landmarks.
Things to do in London:
- Buckingham Palace: take a scenic stroll around Buckingham palace and it’s many gardens and lakes.
- Tower Bridge: located just a short train ride away is the Tower Bridge one of London’s most famous and iconic landmarks.
- The Shard: take an elevator up one of London’s tallest skyscrapers, The Shard. From here, 306m off the ground, you have a birds-eye view of London. Even the toilets in this place have a view!
Travel from London to Paris
At the end of day 3, make your way from London to Paris. Here are your travel options:
- London to Paris via the Eurostar train in just 2 hours. The cost is around €90 pp.
- Drive from London to Paris by car for 6 hours.
Day 4-6: Paris
Ooh-la-la, now you’ve arrived in the city of love and beautiful girls with fluttering false lashes… Paris. There are a ton of things to do in Paris, here are my favourite things to do:
Things to do in Paris:
- Sacrée Coeur: only one of the most stunning church in the world. The Sacrée Coeur is perched on top of a scenic hill with a view of Paris.
- Chateau de Versailles: an extraordinary castle built by a king of France located about an 1 hour train ride from the city. This castle is just huge and the endless wall of rooms are so grand you just have to see it to believe it.
- Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower): the Parisian icon that needs no explanation. If you’d like a really nice picture of the Eiffel Tower and all it’s wondrous glory, get the subway to Trocadero. And if you’d really like to see something special, head to Trocadero during the evening, when it’s dark and arrive there just before the hour. Every hour of every night, The Eiffel Tower sparkles for 5 minutes, and it’s truly remarkable.
Things to do in Paris:
- Arc de Triomphe: an arch in the middle of one of the craziest, busiest round-abouts you’ll see. The Arc de Triomphe is located at the start of the famous shopping streets, the Champs-Elysees.
- Musée du Louvre (The Louvre): take a stroll around inside one of the most famous art museum’s in the world alongside famous artworks like the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and many others. The Louvre is so big, if you looked at every painting for just 3 seconds, it would take you a little over 3 days to finish it.
- Galleries Lafayette: one of the most stunning department stores you’ll ever see. You have to go inside at least to take a peak at the beautiful stained glass dome-ceiling.
- Moulin rouge: book a dinner and a show at one of the most famous burlesque shows in the world.
Travel from Paris to Interlaken (Swiss Alps)
- Paris to Interlaken via the ICE train for 6 hours.
- Drive from Paris to Interlaken for 6.5 hours.
Day 6-7: Interlaken, Swiss Alps
Interlaken is a scenic little town in the Swiss Alps. Here you can enjoy the spectacular snow capped mountain views the Swiss Alps are famous for.
Things to do in Interlaken:
- Water sports: if you like water spots, definitely do some canyoning or whitewater rafting here.
- Mountain summits and hikes: ensure you take a photo of with the scenic snow capped mountains and freshwater lakes Switzerland is famous for.
Travel from Interlaken to Rome
- Take a 1.25 hour flight for around €60 (your fastest option)
- Take a bus for 10 hours for €60
Day 7-9: Rome
Now you’re in the city famous for it’s historical artefacts and art. There’s plenty of things to do here, so you definitely won’t get bored. Here’s what I recommend:
Things to do in Rome:
- The Colosseum: the battle-ground of gladiators in ancient Rome. This ancient artefact is a must do when you’re in Rome.
- The Vatican: check out the art and architecture of the Vatican. The murals, ceilings and details in this mini-city are just astonishing.
- Trevi Fountain: take a stroll to this famous Italian landmark and throw two coins in the fountain for good luck.
Travel from Rome to Tuscany
- Take the train from Rome to Tuscany in just 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Day 9-10: Pisa & Florence, Italy
En route to coastal Florence, make sure you stop by Pisa even if it’s only for a few hours so you can snap a photo with the famous leaning tour of Pisa.
Things to do in Florence:
- Piazzale Michelangelo (pictured): you absolutely must visit for a spectacular view over Florence.
- Florence Cathedral: stroll around the cobble-stoned streets to the main church of Florence, Italy.
- Santa Croce: a stunning gothic church with the burials of some of Italy’s greatest people inside. The interior of this church is definitely worth checking out as well.
Day 11: Cinque Terre
Enjoy a day-trip to beautiful Cinque Terre and take a look at the stunning coloured houses overlooking the stunning Italian coastline.
Things to do in Cinque Terre:
- Scalinata Lardarina in Corniglia: take a hike up the beautiful, rugged Italian coastline. The trek is absolutely worth it for the stunning views (pictured below).
- Boat tour: book a tour with a boat company and appreciate the beauty of the coastline from a different angle.
- Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre: check out this trail for beautiful views, picturesque trails and an array of good restaurants.
Day 12-13: Venice
Venice, the city where people’s preferred method of transport is a gondola along the canals.
Things to do in Venice:
- Gondola ride: this is the best way to explore the city’s winding streets and canals on your own.
- Basilica di San Marco: check out this unique Venetian church, and make sure you take at the coloured glass and artefacts inside.
- Piazza San Marco: this square really is the heart of this impressive city.
Travel from Venice to Vienna
- Drive for 6 hours.
- Take a train for 8 hours.
- Book a flight for 8.5 hours (cheapest and easiest option).
Day 14-15: Vienna
Free time to wander the streets of Austria’s capital, with its grand buildings, spectacular gardens, museums and palaces.
Things to do in Vienna:
- Schönbrunn Palace: the Austrian summer palace, filled with gardens with mazes, and stunning architecture.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral: visit the beautiful Roman-Catholic church turned museum.
- Belvedere Palace (pictured below): a stunning Austrian palace filled with historical art treasures.
Travel from Vienna to Budapest
- Drive for 2.5 hours.
- Take a train for 2.5 hours.
Day 16-17: Budapest
Here’s your last destination! World-renowned Budapest. While you’re here, make sure you go to the:
- Hungarian Parliament: definitely check out the Hungarian Parliament (pictured below) it almost makes you want to be a politician!
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath: have you really been to Budapest if you haven’t visited the thermal baths? Visiting this place in the winter is just amazing. The steam from the hot thermal waters just seeps into the air, and it’s the perfect weather to take a dip in the bath.
- Széchenyi Chain Bridge: visit this breath-taking chain bridge, especially when it’s lit up by night.
So there you have it, the ultimate 3 week Europe trip. I hope you enjoyed it!
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