16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train + bus:  5​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
day
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 23rd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Riddarholmen Church, and then see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm online trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Stockholm. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Stockholm: highs are around 63°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Riddarholmen Church ©
Riddarholmen Church

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 24th (Thu), take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden. On your second day here, wander the streets of Lesser Town, steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Stockholm to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Andrassy Avenue. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip maker app .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Budapest, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 28th (Mon), admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Venice trip maker .

You can fly from Budapest to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in September; daily highs in Venice reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 30th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence visit planning app .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Palazzo Vecchio ©
Palazzo Vecchio
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di castiglione. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, stroll through Lido di Ravello, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally revel in the low prices at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ravello itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 63°F in Ravello. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Fornillo
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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 4th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip website .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 55°F in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary site .

Getting from Rome to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in October, with highs in Paris at 62°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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