18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen. Get a sense of the local culture at Skansen and Vasa Museum. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), and admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm tour itinerary site .

New York City, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Stockholm. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Stockholm reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Savior on the Spilled Blood are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Russian Museum and The Marly Palace capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, examine the collection at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg road trip app .

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Rome takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip website .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in July, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to La Croisette. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cannes tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cannes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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 5th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cannes in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilmainham Gaol and National Gallery of Ireland. Get some historical perspective at Guinness Storehouse and St. Michan's Church. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at Dublin Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Science Gallery Dublin, and see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dublin driving holiday planner.

Fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Dublin is minus 1 hour. In August, Dublin is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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