22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
bus + train:  5​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
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 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros and then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galleria Borghese and Santa Maria in Trastevere. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Forum of Augustus, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip app .

Getting from Lisbon to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Rome. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 22nd (Sun), do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiostro del Paradiso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Fornillo, then stop by Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Ravello.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ravello trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in September, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Fornillo, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena are in your itinerary. Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Piazza del Campo in Siena--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Ravello in September, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then make a trip to Piazza San Marco.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Venice vacation builder app .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate the long history of Galata Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and then wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Venice, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inner-City Parish Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Budapest journey builder site .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Prasna brana, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Prague: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Visit Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and The Paris Catacombs for their historical value. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Prague, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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