17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Mumbai, India

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani). On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online day trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 7°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

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
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 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest holiday builder tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

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
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), don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Plan trip to Vienna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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 14th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, then make a trip to Tower Bridge, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, then ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and finally explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To see reviews and tourist information, read London road trip website .

Fly from Prague to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Prague to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in December, things will get somewhat warmer in London: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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.
On the 17th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

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 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning site .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
On the 21st (Sat), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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