19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Irkutsk, Russia
Fly:  11​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Irkutsk, Russia

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul journey planning app .

Irkutsk, Russia to Istanbul is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Irkutsk in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest online trip builder .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 8th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence trip app .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

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

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.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then walk around Parc Guell, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
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 14th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon attractions planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in May; daily highs in Paris reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On your second day here, meet the residents at ARTIS, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Prague online travel route planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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