20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Manama, Bahrain

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul online road trip planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Manama in August: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, make a trip to Vaci Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour planning website .

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 changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catacombe di San Callisto and Vatican Museums. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 15th (Thu), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Champs-Elysees and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Le Marais, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris online travel planner .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Paris is little chillier than Florence - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre 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.
On the 20th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, then take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, then step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle. On your second day here, make a trip to Stroeget, then explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg, and then see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to Copenhagen by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Copenhagen are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Russian Museum and Russian Museum of Ethnography. Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Peter and Paul Cathedral, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and browse the exhibits of Peterhof Grand Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg itinerary maker .

Getting from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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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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