24 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Granada, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary website.

Indianapolis, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. While traveling from Indianapolis, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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 5th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Prague holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in October, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 56°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul visit app.

You can fly from Prague to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Prague to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be much warmer, around 73°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally wander the streets of Dorsoduro. On your second day here, make a trip to St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planning site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Venice, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Campo and Basilica of Santa Croce. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Duomo di Siena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip maker.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of Las Ramblas, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona route app.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Albayzin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Chapel of Granada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Alhambra and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Generalife.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Granada online trip builder.

Getting from Barcelona to Granada by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Primada and Plaza Mayor. Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo & Church of Santo Tomé). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, delve into the distant past at Templo de Debod, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Czech Republic travel guide

4.4
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.
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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Spain travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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