15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  13 h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Charlotte, United States

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
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 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower and then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris trip planning website .

Charlotte, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. April in Istanbul sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in April, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and San Giorgio Maggiore. Explore hidden gems such as St Mark's Campanile and Ponte dei Sospiri. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Venice tour planning website .

You can fly from Budapest to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Venice, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 28th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Florence sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Popular historic sites such as Pantheon and Roman Forum are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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