15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Minneapolis, United States

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Step out of the city life by going to Stockholm Old Town and Botanical Gardens. Royal Palace and Uppsala Domkyrka will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stockholm: Skokloster Kyrka (in Habo) and Uppsala (Linnaeus Garden, Gamla Uppsala, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, contemplate the long history of Skogskyrkogarden, and examine the collection at ABBA The Museum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm travel route planning website .

Minneapolis, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Minneapolis in June: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Uppsala, Skokloster Kyrka
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. In June, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 79°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 Villa Farnesina. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Duomo di Orvieto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Villa d'Este (in Tivoli) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip maker tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este, Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Get some cultural insight at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Abbazia di San Galgano. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti), Eremo di Montesiepi (in Chiusdino) and Montefioralle Winery (in Greve in Chianti). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chiusdino, Castello di Monterinaldi
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Chantilly, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in June, with highs in Paris at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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