22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New Delhi, India

3
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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Streetfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ortakoy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip website .

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from New Delhi, expect colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. On the next day, get outside with City Park Városliget, then browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, and then admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Budapest. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Outdoors Historic Sites Spas
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City Park Városliget ©
City Park Városliget
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then stop by Xocolat, and finally wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

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Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Vienna Naschmarkt ©
Vienna Naschmarkt
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

2
nights
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 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then explore the galleries of Lobkowicz Palace, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Katie Feygie Art Gallery. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Prague for Two, stop by Artel, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then view the masterpieces at Gallery of Steel Figures, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Koruna Palace.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to 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 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague for Two ©
Prague for Two

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 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Prague in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Harrods and Camden Market. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. December in London sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in London

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Camden Market ©
Camden Market
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 2nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Praia da ursa, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and then shop like a local with Avenida da Liberdade. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then take a stroll through Rossio Square, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online vacation maker .

Getting from London to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from London in January, expect Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Praia da ursa
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Praia da ursa ©
Praia da ursa
Avenida da Liberdade ©
Avenida da Liberdade
Rossio Square ©
Rossio Square

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de La Barceloneta, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then look for gifts at La Talenta, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Villa del Arte Galleries, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. In January in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Playa de La Barceloneta ©
Playa de La Barceloneta

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): wander the streets of Trastevere, then explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then wander the streets of Via Condotti.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary site .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Rome when traveling from Barcelona in January, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vatican Museums
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

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