18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip maker.

New York City, USA to Venice is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Venice due to the time zone difference. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Pula.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

2
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum and then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then view the masterpieces at Atelier Sottomuro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plomin Luka.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Pula driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Pula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rovinj, Plomin Luka, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Old Town ©
Old Town
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum ©
Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum

1
night
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 5th (Fri), make a trip to Narodni trg u Zadru.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zadar trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Pula to Zadar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or ride a ferry. In May, daytime highs in Zadar are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites
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Narodni trg u Zadru ©
Narodni trg u Zadru

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Budapest.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Sastavci ©
Sastavci

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Get some historical perspective at Liberty Statue and Shoes on the Danube Bank. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle, admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Budapest sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spanish Synagogue and Czech Paradise. Step out of the city life by going to Kralovska Obora-Stromovka and Devil's Channel. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague route planner.

You can drive from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Prague, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Prague

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Czech Paradise
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Spanish Synagogue ©
Spanish Synagogue
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get a sense of the local culture at The British Museum and Natural History Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery and Churchill War Rooms. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Brighton (The Lanes & Brighton Beach). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our London road trip website.

Fly from Prague to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Prague to London is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Brighton and Hove
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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