9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Springfield, United States
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Springfield, United States

1
night
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 14th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip website.

Springfield, USA to Rome is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Springfield to Rome due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. April in Venice sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budapest vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Venice in April since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): engage your brain at Istanbul Museum of The History of Science & Technology in Islam, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in April, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ciutadella Park, stroll around Parc Guell, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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