17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica Cistern and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower for their historical value. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Andrassy Avenue.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest online tour planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in August since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Budapest to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Budapest in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Venice, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto.

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Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 24th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, then admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and finally make a trip to Pantheon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal. Explore Ravello's surroundings by going to Fornillo (in Positano) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di castiglione, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Capo di Conca, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ravello travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, subway, and taxi from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ravello, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Le Vigne di Raito, Spiaggia di Atrani, Lido Capo di Conca, Fornillo
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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