16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da ursa, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and then admire the local landmark of Rossio Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Lisbon. Traveling from New York City in October, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Praia da ursa
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 15th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria La Lesia, and finally walk around Parc Guell.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and then shop like a local with Ermou Street. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Technohoros Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', and finally stroll through Glyfada Beach.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Athens in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mount Lycabettus ©
Mount Lycabettus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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 19th (Sat): take a stroll through Via Condotti, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): stop by L'Artigianato, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally identify plant and animal life at Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in October, Rome is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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 21st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with M.G. Design.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
M.G. Design ©
M.G. Design
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Ca' Roman, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Venice hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planning website .

You can fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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