23 days in Western Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

23 days in Western Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Paris, France
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Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 25th (Mon): take a stroll through Alfama, then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, and then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

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London, UK to Lisbon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 27th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planning site.

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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 29th (Fri): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

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 31st (Sun): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Plaka, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, then take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

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Fly from Rome to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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 4th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Athens to Istanbul by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. In August, Istanbul is little chillier than Athens - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Stockholm.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, head outdoors with Riddarholmen, ponder the world of politics at Stockholm City Hall, and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm journey planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Stockholm in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect Stockholm to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tivoli Gardens, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, explore the historical opulence of Kastellet, and explore the galleries of Amalienborg museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Stockholm to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

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 12th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore and take pictures at Anne Frank House.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam vacation planner.

Getting from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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