18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  14 h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace and Riddarholmen Church. You'll explore and learn at Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, get engrossed in the history at Nordiska museet, step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm trip itinerary maker .

Washington DC, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Stockholm reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
On the 27th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip planning app .

You can fly from Stockholm to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, Vienna is somewhat warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning website .

Fly from Vienna to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Vienna in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

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Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. June in Rome sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then 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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence online trip maker .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Visit Arc de Triomphe and The Paris Catacombs for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip builder .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, see the interesting displays at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, then appreciate the history behind Newgrange, and finally step into the grandiose world of Slane Castle.

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Getting from Paris to Dublin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Dublin reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Newgrange, Slane Castle, Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty

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