15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Get a sense of the local culture at Ortakoy and Galata Tower. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sahaflar Carsisi.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation builder.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Istanbul is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Eastern European Time is minus 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by VizioVirtu Cioccolateria, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally stop by Nicolao Atelier. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Tonolo, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then examine the collection at Porta della Carta, and finally stop by I Tre Mercanti.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Istanbul to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Venice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Venice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do your shopping at Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique and Paolo Penko Goldsmith Workshop. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Giardino Torrigiani are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, stop by Pegna dal 1860, take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more 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. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Head to Antica Caciara and Palazzo del Freddofor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, look for gifts at Grezzo Raw Chocolate, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di Priscilla, and explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
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.
Do your shopping at Casa Gispert and OMG BCN. Popular historic sites such as El Barri Gòtic and La Sagrada Familia are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, look for gifts at Papabubble, stroll through Park Güell, and don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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