14 days in Europe Itinerary

14 days in Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Europe Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5​h
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
London, United Kingdom

2
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 6th (Fri): examine the collection at El Cafè de la Pedrera, then make a trip to Park Güell, then admire the striking features of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, stroll through La Barceloneta, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

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London, UK to Barcelona is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

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La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
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Park Güell
El Cafè de la Pedrera ©
El Cafè de la Pedrera

2
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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.
On the 9th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile and then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, things will get a bit cooler in Venice: highs are around 21°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

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Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, ponder the design of Santa Maria in Trastevere, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Athens.

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Plaka District, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka District ©
Plaka District

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

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Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Athens in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy