20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  5​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train + Bus:  5​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 15​min
7
Rethymnon, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4​h 15​min
8
Naxos, Greece
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

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

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Riyadh, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

1
night
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 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Russian Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, then browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg visit planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

1
day
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 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in September, you will find days in Budapest are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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 17th (Tue): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Florence day trip app .

You can fly from Budapest to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in September, with highs in Florence at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

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

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Visit Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, stroll through Spiaggia di castiglione, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and examine the collection at Museo della Carta.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ravello online route maker .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in September, Ravello is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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.
Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Galleria Borghese and Sistine Chapel capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and make a trip to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome online journey planner .

Getting from Ravello to Rome by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Visit St. Nicholas Church and Four Martyrs Church for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Episkopi Beach and Plakias Beach. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos) and Plakias (Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Skinaria Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town.

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Getting from Rome to Rethymnon by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Rethymnon is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in September, Rethymnon is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plakias, Episkopi Beach, St. Nicholas Church, Winery Dourakis
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Kourtaliotiko Gorge ©
Kourtaliotiko Gorge

3
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Eggares Olive Press Museum and Petalouda Art Gallery. Portara and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Agios Prokopios Beach, kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, and see the interesting displays at Theatrical Museum Iakovos Kampanellis.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Naxos travel itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Rethymnon to Naxos in 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Naxos can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach

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