20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Rochester, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
Rochester, United States

1
day
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, then explore the galleries of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally wander the streets of Belém Tower.

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Rochester, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET) is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rochester in April; daily highs in Lisbon reach 69°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
day
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 4th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila "La Pedrera", and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Barcelona travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica di San Pietro and Palatine Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Roman Forum. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Louis of the French.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

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

3
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Siena Cathedral and The Baptistery of St. John. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence travel route builder site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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Side Trip

Siena Cathedral
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Porta della Carta.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

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Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
days
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 14th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online trip planner .

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
day
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 17th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in April since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Musee du Louvre, then contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Budapest to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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