8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Beirut, Lebanon

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.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery and then contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome travel itinerary planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Rome is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Rome is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Beirut in July since evenings lows in Rome dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, then examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Florence vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Florence. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Istanbul.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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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 ©

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.
Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Istanbul by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Florence to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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)

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