22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Paris hover around 62°F and lows are around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online visit planner .

Fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Florence hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome day trip planning site .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, then take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, and finally don't miss a visit to Villa Rufolo. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fornillo, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ravello attractions tool .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ravello, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Amalfi, Fornillo
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. On your second day here, explore the activities along Canal Grande, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Venice online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Ravello to Venice in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ravello in November, with highs in Venice at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Rumeli Fortress, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Venice in November since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you will find days in Budapest are slightly colder (50°F), and nights are cooler (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
StaromEstske namEsti and Lesser Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prague Castle and Stary zidovsky Hrbitov. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, explore the galleries of Schwarzenberg Palace, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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