18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
6
Naxos, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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 26th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online attractions planner.

Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
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 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida da Liberdade, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

Discover how to plan a Lisbon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Florence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Florence due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rome day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
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 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), make a trip to Heroes' Square, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in July; daily highs in Budapest reach 33°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

2
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Take a break from the city and head to Psili Ammos Beach and Maragas Beach. Old Town and Portara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Fish & Olive, kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Aperathitissa, and walk around Alyko Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Naxos road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Budapest to Naxos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Naxos. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in July since evenings lows in Naxos dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alyko Beach ©
Alyko Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Naxos to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naxos in July since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Peterhof Palace and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at The Bath Block, and take an in-depth tour of The Church Building Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St. Petersburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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