17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Bridgetown, Barbados

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 10th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Jeronimos Monastery, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then choose your vessel at Nosso Tejo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

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

Bridgetown, Barbados to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bridgetown to Lisbon is 4 hours. Traveling from Bridgetown in August, Lisbon is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Foro di Augusto, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lisbon to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Rome, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 14th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Parliament, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in August: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) will appeal to history buffs. Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip site .

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 August, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Peterhof Grand Palace and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip website .

Fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect St. Petersburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then see the interesting displays at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally wander the streets of Mala strana.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip maker tool .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Prague in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip tool .

Fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to 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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