16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then walk around Vondelpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site.

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
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 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip maker website.

Fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in April; daily highs in Lisbon reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 16th (Thu): make a trip to Spanish Steps, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Rome in April, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 20th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planning tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Budapest is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, contemplate the long history of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then let the kids burn off some steam at Kampa Park, and finally admire the striking features of Dancing House. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then visit Lesser Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Prague trip planning website.

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in April, plan for little chillier days in Prague, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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