24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Belém Tower, then take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lisbon online visit planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Lisbon. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, Lisbon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Popular historic sites such as Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Ravello and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Chiostro del Paradiso. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ravello: Fornillo (in Positano) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare).

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ravello trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in September, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Fornillo
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pitti Palace and Uffizi Galleries. Get some cultural insight at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Piazzale Michelangelo. Change things up with a short trip to Guardastelle Vineyard in San Gimignano (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, shop like a local with M.G. Design, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in September, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Guardastelle Vineyard
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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 a sense of the local culture at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and St. Mark's Square. Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Change things up with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and explore the world behind art at Punta della Dogana.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Venice online travel planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Venice to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in October: highs in Istanbul hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 7th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest online route planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in October: highs in Budapest hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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 9th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then see the interesting displays at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Prague tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Budapest in October: highs in Prague hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Le Marais, then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in October: highs in Paris hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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