16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

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.
On the 27th (Fri), admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in September, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then make a trip to Roman Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome visit planning tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Rome: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di castiglione and Fornillo. For shopping fun, head to Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal or Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Step out of Ravello with an excursion to Le Vigne di Raito in Vietri sul Mare--about 44 minutes away.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ravello tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Ravello. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Le Vigne di Raito
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 4th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

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

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 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): admire the striking features of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris route planner .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in October; daily highs in Paris reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

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

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Capela dos Ossos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Quinta da Regaleira. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Park and National Palace of Pena) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, wander the streets of Alfama, and get a taste of the local shopping with Avenida da Liberdade.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary website .

Fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Capela dos Ossos, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

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