18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Diego, United States

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and make a trip to Place de la Concorde.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Paris. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Luxembourg Gardens ©
Luxembourg Gardens

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the views from Charles Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Mala strana, then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. September in Prague sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Beer Tastings & Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Budapest online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice attractions planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Budapest in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Venice, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balos Lagoon and Falassarna Beach. Explore Chania Town's surroundings by going to Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa), Odigitria Monastery (in Kolymbari) and Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, look for gifts at Sklopa, take in the waterfront activity at Old Venetian Harbor, and learn about winemaking at Karavitakis Emmanouil.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chania Town day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Chania Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in October; daily highs in Chania Town reach 75°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Platanias, Kissamos, Rethymnon Old Town, Kastro Gramvoussas, Winery Dourakis
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Highlights from your plan
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town

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 9th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, and then explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder tool .

Getting from Chania Town to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chania Town to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Chania Town in October, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence route planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

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Fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in October, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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 Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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