23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rumeli Fortress for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip tool .

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairo in March, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Venice.

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
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.
On the 6th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Porta della Carta. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Venice in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Venice. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Venice is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Let the collections at Uffizi Galleries and Basilica di Santa Croce capture your imagination. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Siena Cathedral & Piazza del Campo). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Florence sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Visit Basilica di San Pietro and Piazza Navona for their historical value. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 15th (Thu): take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, explore the galleries of Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Passeig de Gracia and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila "La Pedrera".

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip maker .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Barcelona sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Passeig de Gracia ©
Passeig de Gracia

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Le Marais, steep yourself in history at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In March, Paris is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): wander the streets of The Jordaan and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then shop like a local with Leidseplein.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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