16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Guinness Storehouse and Phoenix Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol, take a stroll through Temple Bar, stroll around St Stephens Green, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in April, you will find days in Dublin are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, then walk around St. James's Park, then make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally steep yourself in history at Houses of Parliament. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online attractions planner .

You can fly from Paris to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Istanbul is 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Budapest is little chillier at night with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája ©
Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája

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 14th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in April, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and then pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip maker site .

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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