9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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Cedar Rapids, United States
Fly:
21​h 15​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + bus + train:
7​h
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:
1​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:
18​h 15​min
Cedar Rapids, United States

2
days
Istanbul, Turkey

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 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , then enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Cedar Rapids, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cedar Rapids to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in June, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Florence.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace

2
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, then see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Florence in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Florence dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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Uffizi Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
Rome, Italy

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 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): admire the striking features of Vatican Museums, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Louis of the French, and then make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

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Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums

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