8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
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
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  5​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, 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 6th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker tool .

Washington DC, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in April; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 56°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, and finally explore the galleries of Prasna brana.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Prague online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary website .

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence online tour planner .

Getting from Budapest to Florence by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Florence, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rome online trip builder .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Rome sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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