18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Canada
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
bus + train:  5​h
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Quebec City, Canada

2
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.
Let the collections at Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, make a trip to Temple Bar, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and get a taste of the local shopping with National Gallery of Ireland.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip app .

Quebec City, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Quebec City to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quebec City in September, you will find days in Dublin are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kilkenny
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

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 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, then take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Budapest due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to 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 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To plan Istanbul vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 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. Traveling from Budapest in September, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galleria Borghese and Santa Maria in Trastevere. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Rome, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rome: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally stroll through Spiaggia di castiglione. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ravello trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in September, Ravello is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fornillo, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Campo and Basilica di Santa Croce. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Duomo di Siena (in Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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 24th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. On your second day here, wander the streets of Le Marais, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Florence to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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