26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  5 h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway + Train:  3 h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen in Rouen--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary builder.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5- hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Trianons & The Hamlet, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Piazza San Marco and Piazza delle Erbe will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Arena di Verona in Verona, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Venice hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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 Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Piazza del Campo (in Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence online route planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

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
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fornillo and Spiaggia di castiglione. Visiting Lido di Ravello and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister del Paradiso, and admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ravello trip maker website.

Do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Florence in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ravello, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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 historical perspective at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galleria Borghese and Santa Maria in Trastevere. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Getting from Ravello to Rome by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Rome when traveling from Ravello in October, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum and Galata Tower. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, stop by Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Liberty Statue. Visit Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion for their historical value. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find out how to plan a trip to Budapest, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Budapest takes 4 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 colder (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Rock of Cashel. Explore hidden gems such as St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Kilkenny Castle. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stop by Temple Bar, take an in-depth tour of Irish Famine Exhibition, and admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Dublin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Dublin is minus 1 hour. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Rock of Cashel
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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