15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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:  4​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
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 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paris is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Paris. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes and then don't miss a visit to La Croisette. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Castel Plage, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Nice online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Cannes
Highlights from your plan
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally make a trip to Piazza Navona. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then make a trip to Pantheon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Nice to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nice in May, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

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
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 16th (Thu): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence driving holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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 ©

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 18th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Museo Correr, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip maker website .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, take a stroll through Vaci Street, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Budapest when traveling from Venice in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern Museum. Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Ortakoy, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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