17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally take a stroll through Le Marais. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and finally explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from San Juan in November, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Venice tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Venice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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
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 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade). On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Vienna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in November; daily highs in Vienna reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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 14th (Thu), make a trip to Shoes on the Danube, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take a stroll through Vaci Street, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Andrassy Avenue, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Budapest are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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 16th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Ortakoy, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker tool .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, stop by M.G. Design, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. 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, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Florence are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Florence

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

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, then view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip planning app .

Fly from Florence to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Lisbon are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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