26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

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:  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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Île de la Cité. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 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

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, The Trianons & The Hamlet
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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 discover tucked-away gems like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Piazza delle Erbe. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Arena di Verona in Verona, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice holiday app .

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Verona
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Campo and Basilica di Santa Croce. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena. Step out of Florence to go to Pisa and see Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time 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 ©
You'll get in some beach time at Fornillo and Lido di Ravello. Escape the urban bustle at Spiaggia di castiglione and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ravello online tour planner .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in September, Ravello is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Galleria Borghese. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planning app .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time 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

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 Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and make a trip to Andrassy Avenue.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip builder .

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 changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 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
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
You'll explore and learn at Guinness Storehouse and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Kilkenny (St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower & Kilkenny Castle). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, take in the exciting artwork at James Joyce Cultural Centre, get engrossed in the history at Irish Famine Museum Dublin, and shop like a local with National Gallery of Ireland.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online trip builder .

Fly from Budapest to Dublin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Dublin is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to 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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