16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Manama, Bahrain

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Plan a Rome trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Manama, Bahrain to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manama to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Manama in June: highs in Rome hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 28th (Fri), put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and then see the interesting displays at Atomium. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Brussels takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in June: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels ©
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and then stroll through ARTIS.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Bring the kids along to Tivoli Gardens and Nyhavn. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, make a trip to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), admire the striking features of Oresund Bridge, and step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

2
nights
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 5th (Fri), examine the collection at Skansen, then get in on the family fun at Grona Lunds Tivoli, and then see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Junibacken, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then learn about all things military at Royal Armory, and finally explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Stockholm online visit planner .

Getting from Copenhagen to Stockholm by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

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 7th (Sun): snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, enjoy some diversion at Zugligeti Libego, then steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Stockholm to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in July, with highs in Budapest at 33°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge
Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation planning website .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Istanbul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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