7 days in Europe Itinerary

7 days in Europe Itinerary

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7 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Johannesburg to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in November; daily highs in Budapest reach 11°C and lows reach 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, Venice is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

1
night
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 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome travel planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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