15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Munich, Germany
Fly:  5​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Munich, Germany

1
night
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 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and then steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planning website .

Munich, Germany to Budapest is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in July, you will find days in Budapest are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 3rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in July, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rome travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ravello.

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
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Le Vigne di Raito and Villa Cimbrone Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Ravello, make a side trip to see Fornillo in Positano, approximately 54 minutes away.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ravello online tour planner .

Getting from Rome to Ravello by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ravello, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Lido Capo di Conca, Le Vigne di Raito, Fornillo
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

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 10th (Wed): make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough 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
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.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the activities along Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

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

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 14th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in July, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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