18 days in Europe

18 days in Europe

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip site.

Berlin, Germany to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally examine the collection at Musee Rodin. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and finally take a stroll through Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Barcelona at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Tue), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, you will find days in Venice are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning site.

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Venice in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be much warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 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.
On the 18th (Tue), browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, then steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Budapest itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Budapest are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Thu), wander the streets of Lesser Town, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Prague travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Prague, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive back home.
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