13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Houston, United States

few
hours
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, then steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip builder .

Houston, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Istanbul is 8 hours. When traveling from Houston in October, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then look for gifts at Prosciutto e Parmigiano ham&cheese To Go, and finally look for gifts at BrAgora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Porta della Carta, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally stop by Artigianato d'Arte di Vianello Mauro.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Venice due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, savor the flavors at Castello di Verrazzano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing planning website .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Foro di Augusto, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary website .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then explore the world behind art at Musee du Louvre. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then take a stroll through Montmartre, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in October; daily highs in Paris reach 61°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then don't miss a visit to De Negen Straatjes, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, get engrossed in the history at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and then take a stroll through Leidseplein.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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