19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, then take a stroll through Ortakoy, then take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planning website .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Colombo to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colombo in April, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to 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) ©

1
night
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 (Tue), admire the striking features of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in April, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites
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House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the striking features of Doge's Palace. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then explore the world behind art at Museo Correr, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Venice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then make a trip to Roman Forum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip builder .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

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 16th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Trocadero, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 18th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, then examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, then see the interesting displays at Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Chantilly, see the interesting displays at Musee Marmottan Monet, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chantilly
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Musee Jacquemart-Andre ©
Musee Jacquemart-Andre
Fondation Louis Vuitton ©
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

3
nights
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 20th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, then wander the streets of The Jordaan, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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