18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis, United States


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1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

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

Minneapolis, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Lisbon. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Montjuic Castle, then walk around Parc Guell, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Visit Colosseum and Piazza Navona for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rome online route planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and finally steep yourself in history at Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip website .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In May in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

2
nights
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 20th (Wed): make a trip to Hősök tere, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Budapest, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna planning site .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Prague road trip planning app .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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 (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and finally stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle and then step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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