15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sarnia, Canada
Fly:  13 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sarnia, Canada

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then walk around Vondelpark. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel planning app.

Sarnia, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sarnia to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Traveling from Sarnia in September, you will find days in Amsterdam are little chillier (22°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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 11th (Fri): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then 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. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House, steep yourself in history at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally stroll through The Vrtba Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Prague route builder app.

Fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Prague, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in September since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, make a trip to Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome travel route planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then walk around Parc Guell.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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