10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica. On the next day, wander the streets of Trastevere, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally view the masterpieces at MAC Maja Arte Contemporanea.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

London, UK to Rome is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from London to Rome, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Florence trip planning site .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Florence dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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), see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 16th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, then view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery, then stop by Book Cafe - Lotz Terem, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, and then stroll around Margaret Island.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Budapest online tour builder .

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Budapest, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at The Hofburg, enjoy some diversion at Time Travel Vienna, then take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cafe Gloriette. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Jesuits, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally explore the galleries of Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 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 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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