18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Campidoglio and Basilica di Santa Prassede. Get some cultural insight at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo and Domus Aurea. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Welcome to Rome, make a trip to Forum of Augustus, see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, and admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 1 night

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the waterfront activity at Old Port, make a trip to Matoyianni Street, don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then look for gifts at Mytho, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Stefanos Church.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Mykonos Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Mykonos Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 8th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Temple of Athena Nike, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, take a stroll through Anafiotika, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then delve into the distant past at Theater of Dionysus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Metamorphosis.

Before you visit Athens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Mykonos Town to Athens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nuruosmaniye Camii, admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Caferaga Medresesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Dolmabahçe Mosque, and finally stop by Besiktas. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buyuk Mecidiye Cami, see the interesting displays at Museum of Innocence, then take an in-depth tour of Galata Mevlevi Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sehzade Mehmet Mosque, and finally take a stroll through Eyup.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul route planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in April, things will get little chillier in Istanbul: highs are around 64°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Skopje.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Isa Beg Hammam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xhamia E Larme, learn about winemaking at Brzanov Winery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the views from Skopje Eye Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Macedonian Struggle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mustafa Pasha Mosque.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Skopje trip app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Skopje takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. April in Skopje sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Skopje

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Tirana, Albania

— 1 night
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Rruga Murat Toptani, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center, then see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, and finally soak away your stress at Deluxe Spa & Massage.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tirana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Tirana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In April in Tirana, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Spas · Baths · Historic Sites

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Palace of Godollo and Koller Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Faust Wine Cellar and Visegrad Citadel. Change things up with a short trip to Matyas Kiraly Museum in Visegrad (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fiumei Road Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Church, make a trip to Kossuth Lajos Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Korzo - Danube Embankment (Dunakorzo).

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip maker tool.

You can fly from Tirana to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tirana in April, with highs in Budapest at 63°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.