17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, have some family-friendly fun at Tuzak, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, Istanbul is much colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Tuzak ©
Tuzak
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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 11th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then test your problem-solving skills at E-Exit Escape Game, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel website .

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Budapest is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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E-Exit Escape Game ©
E-Exit Escape Game
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

1
night
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 13th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planning tool .

Getting from Budapest to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in April, Venice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, then have some family-friendly fun at Enigmik Escape Room, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Barcelona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 18th (Sat): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and then test your team's savvy at ClueZ Paris.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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ClueZ Paris ©
ClueZ Paris
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 20th (Mon), make a trip to Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then walk around Phoenix Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally make a trip to Merrion Square.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dublin holiday planner.

You can fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in April; daily highs in Dublin reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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