26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the London online trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in London at 61°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's 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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the views from Charles Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Mala strana, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Prague online road trip planner .

Fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Prague is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally admire the striking features of Parliament. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip planner.

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

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
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 15th (Tue), explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally browse the collection at Museo Correr. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice driving holiday site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Venice is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Venice: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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 ©

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip website .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Barcelona journey maker tool .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Barcelona are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can 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
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), take a stroll through Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, and finally snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, then admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and finally make a trip to Santa Justa Lift.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

Similar Plans

29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM EGYPT April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 39 days in Europe BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 37 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans