8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Belgrade, Serbia
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— Few hours
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train + bus:  5​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
subway + train:  3​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Belgrade, Serbia

few
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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.
On the 30th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour builder app .

Belgrade, Serbia to Budapest is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) 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.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Budapest to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then get some fabulous bargains at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello route maker app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in July since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome travel planner.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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