18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  2​h
End: Brussels, Belgium

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker website .

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): walk around Parc Guell, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and finally wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in November, with highs in Barcelona at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Rome in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Budapest driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in November: highs in Budapest hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Vienna trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Vienna, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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 29th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, and finally browse the exhibits of Prasna brana. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then wander the streets of Lesser Town, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

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

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 1st (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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