19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

If you are flying in from Qatar, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In September in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then browse the exhibits of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, and finally make a trip to St. Florian's Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Museum of Krakow Town Hall Tower, hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then have fun at Cracow Shooting Academy, and finally examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Krakow holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Krakow takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Krakow hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

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 6th (Mon): take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary site.

Getting from Krakow to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg. Keep things going the next day: stop by Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning tool.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

Discover how to plan a Amsterdam trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Paris, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, then walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome travel route builder app.

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Mycenae (Lion Gate & Archaeological Site Mycenae) and Moni Osiou Patapiou (in Loutraki). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, wander the streets of Plaka, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rome in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 24°C.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.