9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Atlanta, United States

1
day
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 31st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll through Park Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 1st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Rome sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

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
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

1
night
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 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Venice in April since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Ortakoy, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in April, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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