15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 25th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Trevimage and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Piazza Navona, look for gifts at L'Artigianato, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Rome is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in January; daily highs in Rome reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco. On your second day here, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice sightseeing tool .

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in January, things will get slightly colder in Venice: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Paris vacation builder tool .

Fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then examine the collection at Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): wander the streets of Lesser Town, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to Moser Sales Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague route website .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

2
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.
On the 5th (Wed), wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Vaci Street, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the exciting artwork at Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery, then take a stroll through Istiklal Street, and finally view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul day trip tool .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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