15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Halifax, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Halifax, Canada

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 1st (Fri): explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Le Marais, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Halifax, Canada to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Paris is 5 hours. Traveling from Halifax in April, expect nights in Paris to be a bit warmer, around 6°C, while days are much hotter, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Piazza Navona. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Florence day trip site .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Florence dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, then steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum capture your imagination. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take a stroll through The Jordaan, shop like a local with Leidseplein, and hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Budapest to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for slightly colder days in Amsterdam, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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