20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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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 2nd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hyderabad to Istanbul is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (7°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

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 4th (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally appreciate the history behind La Pieta.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rome: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then walk around Parc Guell, and finally walk around Parc de Montjuic. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at La Boqueria, admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Paris, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then visit Le Marais.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Paris is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally examine the collection at Atomium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Bloemenmarkt, stroll around Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

Plan my day in Amsterdam using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the striking features of Dancing House, enjoy breathtaking views from Petrin Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Prague online road trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Prague at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), then make a trip to Heroes' Square, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Budapest are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20: