9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Belgrade, Serbia
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Belgrade, Serbia

few
hours
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 17th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner.

Belgrade, Serbia to Budapest is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome trip maker tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online visit planner .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in St. Petersburg are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Palace Square
Palace Square

1
day
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 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online vacation builder .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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