15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Charlotte, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cupola di San Pietro and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Get a sense of the local culture at Vatican Museums and Pantheon. Change things up with a short trip to Monastero Di S.Benedetto in Subiaco (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pietro in Vincoli.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning app .

Charlotte, USA to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Siena Cathedral and Uffizi Galleries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica di Santa Croce and The Baptistery of St. John. Step out of Florence to go to Siena and see Piazza del Campo, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Siena
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

2
nights
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 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Venice route planning website .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, then admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip website .

Getting from Venice to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Venice in August, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Hradcany, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Lesser Town, then contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Prague sightseeing site .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in August: highs in Prague hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Hradcany ©
Hradcany

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, get engrossed in the history at Royal Armory, then get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, and finally examine the collection at Skansen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, then head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan).

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Stockholm trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Prague to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Prague in August: highs in Stockholm hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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