17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin and then wander the streets of Temple Bar. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planner.

London, UK to Dublin is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Dublin Writers Museum ©
Dublin Writers Museum

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa de La Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, make a trip to Ciutat Vella, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Barcelona online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Dublin to Barcelona in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dublin to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in October; daily highs in Barcelona reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally make a trip to Roman Forum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome journey maker site .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

4
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.
Visiting Dalia Beach and Halic will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani), and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul itinerary builder website .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Rome in October, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Museums Beaches
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Paris, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Paris to be much colder, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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