18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Naxos, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité and then steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

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

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, then take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
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 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Florence journey planning app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Florence due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Popular historic sites such as Palatine Hill and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest vacation planner.

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rome in July, with highs in Budapest at 33°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fish & Olive and Old Town. Explore hidden gems such as Psili Ammos Beach and Alyko Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Maragas Beach, stroll through Mikri Vigla Beach, explore the ancient world of Portara, and see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Naxos trip planning app .

You can fly from Budapest to Naxos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Naxos due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Naxos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alyko Beach ©
Alyko Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Naxos to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Naxos in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

2
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Russian Museum and Peterhof Grand Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Bath Block. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and steep yourself in history at Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg route planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect St. Petersburg to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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