10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Rome, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 63°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence route maker site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Porta della Carta, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice trip website .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in November, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip builder website .

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in November, with highs in Budapest at 50°F and lows at 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

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 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Barceloneta. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nova Mar Bella Beach, make a trip to Park Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally browse the exhibits of Casa Batllo.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Delta del Llobregat
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La Barceloneta ©
La Barceloneta
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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