16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Diego, United States

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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary planner .

San Diego, USA to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in Paris reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
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.
Schonbrunn Palace and Votivkirche will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at St. Stephen's Cathedral and The Hofburg. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, and don't miss a visit to Neue Burg.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Vienna, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 9th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Giovanni del Toro, then stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, stop by Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dell'Annunziata, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravello route planner.

Getting from Vienna to Ravello by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in October; daily highs in Ravello reach 73°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amalfi, Scala
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Chiesa dell'Annunziata ©
Chiesa dell'Annunziata

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Get some historical perspective at Pantheon and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Forum of Augustus, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome route planner.

Do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

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
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 14th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

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 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Las Ramblas, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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