19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Newark, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, then wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris online tour itinerary planner

Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then examine the collection at House of Terror, then wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip tool

You can fly from Paris to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get slightly colder in Budapest: highs are around 37°F and lows about 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online travel planner

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. While traveling from Budapest, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and don't miss a visit to Via Condotti.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planning tool

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Rome are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are a bit cooler (38°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Siena Cathedral and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza del Campo and Pitti Palace. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary maker tool

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peggy Guggenheim Collection and St Mark's Campanile. Museum-lovers will appreciate Porta della Carta and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice online visit planner

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 46°F and 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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