17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Albufeira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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 3rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary website .

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airports are Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In August, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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 5th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online road trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Rome, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 9th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Magic Fountain (Font Magica), then walk around Parc Guell, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Barcelona travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain

2
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve. On your second day here, get outside with Pro Putting Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Albufeira tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Barcelona to Albufeira by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Lagos
Highlights from your plan
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Albufeira to Dublin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Albufeira in August, with highs in Dublin at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Kastellet, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen tour planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Copenhagen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Copenhagen is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

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 18th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Junibacken, take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and then examine the collection at Skansen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Stockholm City Hall, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and then step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm journey maker site .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

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