18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  9​h
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Karachi, Pakistan

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, pause for some serene contemplation at Peter and Paul Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and finally see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg travel route planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to St. Petersburg is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to St. Petersburg. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Karachi in September, with highs in St. Petersburg at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and then wander the streets of Le Marais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Paris takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in September, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Florence is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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 12th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Fornillo (in Positano) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ravello journey planner .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in September, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Vigne di Raito, Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Fornillo
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Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) ©
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

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 17th (Tue): take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Budapest day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Ravello to Budapest takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ravello in September; daily highs in Budapest reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in September, with lows around 26°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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