20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Oia, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
4
Lefkada, Greece
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, 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.
On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de Chevreloup.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour planner

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Paris reach 71°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach and then kick back and relax at Solar Plajı. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), and then kick back and relax at Florya Sahil Parkı.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip builder app

Traveling by flight from Paris to Istanbul takes 7.5 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. Traveling from Paris in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Florya Sahil Parkı ©
Florya Sahil Parkı
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

4
nights
Oia, Greece

Oia ©
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amoudi Bay and MATI Art Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Perissa Black Sand Beach and Red Beach. Explore Oia's surroundings by going to Akrotiri (in Akrotiri) and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos (in Fira). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Sunset in Oia, tour the water at your own pace with Alex Private Boat Rental, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oia online tour planner

Getting from Istanbul to Oia by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oia, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fira, Akrotiri, Alex Private Boat Rental, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Sunset in Oia ©
Sunset in Oia
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

3
nights
Lefkada, Greece

Lefkada ©
Connected to mainland Greece by a long causeway and floating bridge, Lefkada represents more than just an island paradise of modern seaside resorts and pristine Ionian beaches.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Egremni Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Katsiki. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kathisma Beach, and then stop by Soul Deep Handmade.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lefkada day trip planning site

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Oia to Lefkada takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Oia in September, plan for little chillier nights in Lefkada, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lefkada

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Porto Katsiki ©
Porto Katsiki
Egremni Beach ©
Egremni Beach
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni ©
Lefkada Monastery οf Faneromeni

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Passeggiata di Gianicolo. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Ente Parco Naturale Regionale dei Monti Lucretili and then take a stroll through Citta del Vaticano.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip maker website

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lefkada to Rome in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Lefkada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Riva di Polline, Ente Parco Naturale Regionale dei Monti Lucretili
Highlights from your plan
Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello di Verrazzano for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte and Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting). Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm (in Radda in Chianti) and Siena (Tower of Mangia & Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli ). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery and enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence driving holiday planner

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm, Castello di Verrazzano
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 ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planner

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

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