18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: New Delhi, 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.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the different shops at Kanyon Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then look for gifts at Egyptian Bazaar, and finally hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi). Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul itinerary builder.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in June, expect nights in Istanbul to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at ChiliMenta, then stop by Kerannymi Greek Traditional Products, and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, look for gifts at Gallery Demeter Athens, then stop by SJS Designs Ceramic workshop & Gallery, and finally shop like a local with Monastiraki.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens travel planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Athens, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
ChiliMenta ©
ChiliMenta

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 5th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, look for gifts at Vino Vip, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally hunt for treasures at Porta Portese. On your second day here, look for gifts at Giuliani Fabbrica Marrons Glaces & Cioccolateria, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then take a stroll through Via Condotti, then look for gifts at Sitenne vintage store, and finally look for gifts at Elena Kihlman Designer.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in June, things will get a bit cooler in Rome: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Rome

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Porta Portese ©
Porta Portese

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Wed), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), then see the sky in a new way at Swiss Museum of Transport, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On your second day here, meet the residents at Zoo Zürich and then look for gifts at Confiserie Sprüngli AG.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Rome to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in June, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Confiserie Sprungli ©
Confiserie Sprungli

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.
Shop till you drop at La Boqueria and Passeig de Gracia. Bring the kids along to La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Las Ramblas, browse the exhibits of Casa Batlló, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and don't miss a visit to Casa Milà.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner.

Fly from Zurich to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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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

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Berthillon. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in June since evenings lows in Paris dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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.
Head to Old Spitalfields Market and London Brass-Rubbing Centrefor some retail therapy. Kids will appreciate attractions like Covent Garden and Tower Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Harrods, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and stroll through St. James's Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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