16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Louisville, United States

1
night
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 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome tour builder .

Louisville, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Louisville to Rome due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Fri), get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Florence online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Mark's Campanile and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to St. Mark's Square, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Venice are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Salzburg trip planner .

You can drive from Venice to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In May, Salzburg is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

1
night
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then explore the historical opulence of Nymphenburg Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich route planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Munich are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, then steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and finally don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Berlin holiday builder app .

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums
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Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online travel route builder .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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