18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Shuttle + Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

1
night
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 2nd (Sat): pick up some local products at La Boqueria and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally stroll around Parc Guell.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Barcelona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Barcelona, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, you will find days in Barcelona are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning site.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in May; daily highs in Paris reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then walk around Vondelpark. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
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.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House, let the kids burn off some steam at Kampa Park, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip maker site.

Fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Prague are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

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You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Vienna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning site.

You can fly from Vienna to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Vienna to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning app.

Fly from Istanbul to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

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

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.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take an in-depth tour of Welcome to Rome, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rome day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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