26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: York, United Kingdom
train:  4​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
End: York, United Kingdom

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris trip builder app .

York, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from York to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from York in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Castelo dos Mouros and Belém Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo de S. Jorge. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Park and National Palace of Pena about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal, and take a stroll through Alfama.

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

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in October, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini. Get a sense of the local culture at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Rome. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (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

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Step out of the city life by going to Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello. Explore hidden gems such as Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravello: Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ravello trip planner .

You can 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. Traveling from Rome in October, Ravello is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Lido Capo di Conca, Le Vigne di Raito
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Santa Croce and Campanile di Giotto. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pitti Palace and Piazza del Campo. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Siena Cathedral in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Florence itinerary maker website .

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 October, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
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 Scrovegni Chapel. Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Mark's Square, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Venice holiday builder site .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Topkapi Palace and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Let the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rumeli Fortress capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take a stroll through Ortakoy, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to 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. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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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 24th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Prague online travel route planner .

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 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

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

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