8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Chennai, 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 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ortakoy, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip app .

Chennai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chennai to Istanbul. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Chennai in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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 (Sat): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then walk around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and then admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona visit planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Barcelona. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

1
night
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 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome travel planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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