16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Besancon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

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 31st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome driving holiday planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Rome is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manama to Rome. Traveling from Manama in July, you will find days in Rome are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are colder (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Salzburg.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt and then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planning site.

You can fly from Florence to Salzburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in August, expect Salzburg to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Besancon.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Besancon, France

— 2 nights
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon, delve into the distant past at Square Castan, see the interesting displays at Maison natale de Victor Hugo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre historique de Besancon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Maurice de Besancon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle du Centre Diocesain. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Place du Huit-Septembre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple et galerie du Saint-Esprit, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Madeleine de Besancon, explore the activities along Parc de la Gare d'Eau, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sources d'Arcier, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Porte Rivotte.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Besancon road trip tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Besancon in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Besancon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Besancon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Eiffel Tower and The Paris Catacombs will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Besancon to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen. Drottningholm Palace and Riddarholmen Church will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, take a stroll through Sodermalm, don't miss a visit to Stockholm City Hall, and enjoy fun for all ages at Grona Lunds Tivoli.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm journey maker.

Fly from Paris to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Stockholm are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg visit planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites