18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral, examine the collection at Russian Museum, don't miss a visit to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, thendon't miss a visit to Palace Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg tour itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 7 hours. June in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, thenadmire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, thendon't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Barcelona takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Barcelona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in June, with highs in Barcelona at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, thentake in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, thenexamine the collection at Pitti Palace, thencontemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence online road trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, thenexplore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Pantheon, thenadmire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, thenmake a trip to Trevi Fountain, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, thensee the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Budapest road trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in July, with highs in Budapest at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions tool.

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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