18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
+5
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Train + Bus:  8 h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
Subway + Train:  3 h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States

4
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 some historical perspective at Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs, see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, and take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris vacation trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 84°F and lows reach 68°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ravello.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Relax by the water at Fornillo and Bagni d'Arienzo. Popular historic sites such as Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei and Villa Rufolo are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Lido Capo di Conca (in Conca dei Marini). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, look for gifts at La Bottega delle Arti, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, and take in the exciting artwork at Ravello Arte.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ravello trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Istanbul to Ravello takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Ravello. Traveling from Istanbul in July, Ravello is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Lido Capo di Conca, Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, Le Vigne di Raito, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Vatican Museums and Pantheon. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ravello in July since evenings lows in Rome dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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