10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam driving holiday planning app .

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Amsterdam is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 67°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Prague day trip planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Prague, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Budapest road trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and then explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder tool .

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in September, with highs in Rome at 81°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
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 11th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Barcelona online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 12th (Sat): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Paris is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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