18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris online journey builder.

Santiago, Chile to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Santiago to Paris due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The Jordaan, then stroll around Vondelpark, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Lesser Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Prague tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Amsterdam to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, then take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

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Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami . Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online visit planner.

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

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 18th (Sat): make a trip to Spanish Steps, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rome day trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

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Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 20th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then stroll around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip site.

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 22nd (Wed), appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker app.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks