22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Edmonton, Canada

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Banqueting House, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our London tour itinerary planner .

Edmonton, Canada to London is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to London due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in London when traveling from Edmonton in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel route builder site .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Florence is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. Let the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Rome to Vienna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in September, expect Vienna to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, make a trip to Halaszbastya, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary tool .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in September, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
You'll explore and learn at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The State Hermitage Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Savior on the Spilled Blood and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue, and admire the masterpieces at The Shadow Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit cooler days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 19°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, then learn about all things military at Royal Armory, then explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and finally see the interesting displays at Skansen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then wander the streets of Stockholm Old Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Stockholm trip planner .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm. In September, daytime highs in Stockholm are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

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