18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

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

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trastevere and Galleria Borghese. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, make a trip to Roman Forum, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Roanoke, USA to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza del Campo and Basilica di Santa Croce. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Duomo di Siena (in Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ponte dei Sospiri. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Arena di Verona. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Venice online itinerary planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Arena di Verona
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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 27th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Budapest day trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Budapest. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rumeli Fortress for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul route maker site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then wander the streets of Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Paris. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in May; daily highs in Paris reach 64°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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

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