16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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 (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, then explore the galleries of Rembrandt House Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jeddah in March, with highs in Amsterdam at 11°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musée d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris visit planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Casa Batlló and El Barri Gòtic. Museum-lovers will get to explore El Cafè de la Pedrera and Parc de Montjuic. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Park Güell, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and examine the collection at Picasso Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
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 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, then see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online day trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in March, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Rome are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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