10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Chicago, United States

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Budapest is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Budapest, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, then admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in November, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (58°F), and nights are warmer (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 30th (Sat), steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planning tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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 2nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 4th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 49°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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