22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Manila, Philippines

1
night
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 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally steep yourself in history at Rumeli Fortress.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to Istanbul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manila to Istanbul. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Manila in June, with highs in Istanbul at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in June, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rome vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in June, Rome is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 29th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence trip builder site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and finally admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation planner.

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, and then examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. On your second day here, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and finally explore the galleries of Anne Frank House.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Amsterdam are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Thorvaldsens Museum, take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then step into the grandiose world of Amalienborg, and finally see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church), and finally explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Amalienborg ©
Amalienborg

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, see the interesting displays at Skansen, and then explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Fotografiska, then take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm trip planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some cultural insight at Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, and don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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