18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
2
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Passau, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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 sightseeing, historic sites, spas, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Residence Parliament, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, snap pictures at Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid), and steep yourself in history at Hősök tere.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Budapest is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), stroll through Schönbrunn Palace and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo and then admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Slavin War Memorial. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Michael's Gate, pause for some photo ops at Cumil, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Elizabeth's / Blue Church, then make a trip to Kapitulska Street, and finally take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Passau.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

2
nights
Passau, Germany

Passau ©
Situated at the confluence of three rivers, including the Danube, Passau is steeped in religious history but has adopted a modern commercial outlook.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Baumwipfelpfad, then don't miss a visit to Veste Oberhaus, then explore the historical opulence of Veste Niederhaus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephan's Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Passau trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bratislava to Passau in 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Passau can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Passau

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Neuschonau, Waldwipfelweg
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Baumwipfelpfad Bayerischer Wald ©
Baumwipfelpfad Bayerischer Wald
St. Stephan's Cathedral ©
St. Stephan's Cathedral

5
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 sightseeing, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get great views at Petřín, and make a trip to Old Town Square.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Prague itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Passau to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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