16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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 16th (Mon), shop like a local with Champs-Elysees and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mexico City in March: highs in Paris hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then don't miss a visit to Historic Center of Vienna.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vienna online attractions planner .

Getting from Paris to Vienna by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then make a trip to Shoes on the Danube, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip builder .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder app .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in March, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 24th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice road trip tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Venice is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Venice is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

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
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 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence online road trip planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galleria Borghese and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Rome sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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