16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 1 night

Eternal City

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 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, and then make a trip to Piazza Navona. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planning site.

Louisville, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. 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

Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing planning website.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at San Giorgio Maggiore and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the activities along Canal Grande, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 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 · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonnberg Convent, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Salzburg route builder site.

You can drive from Venice to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in May; daily highs in Salzburg reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

Village of a Million People

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, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and finally admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

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

Getting from Salzburg to Munich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

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): don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, then step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and finally steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions planner.

Fly from Berlin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
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