33 days in Mahabalipuram & Europe Itinerary

33 days in Mahabalipuram & Europe Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram, India
— Few hours
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Drive to Szentendre
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Szentendre, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport

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Mahabalipuram, India

Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Varaha Cave Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Descent Of The Ganges.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mahabalipuram itinerary maker website.

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul Archaeological Museum has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Before you visit Istanbul, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Mahabalipuram to Istanbul takes 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2.5 hours. In July, Istanbul is little chillier than Mahabalipuram - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

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Budapest, Hungary

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Budapest Pinball Museum, Vaci Street, Koller Gallery, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Fisherman's Bastion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Heroes' Square. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum and appreciate the extensive heritage of Andrassy Avenue.

Discover how to plan a Budapest trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

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Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Staromestske namesti as well as Ebike Prague. Step off the beaten path and head to St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral and Prague for Two.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Prague route builder app.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Budapest in July: highs in Prague hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

3
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Begijnhof. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and De Duif. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in July, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

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Paris, France

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Luxembourg Gardens, Sainte-Chapelle and Luxembourg Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online itinerary builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

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Dublin, Ireland

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You've now added Croke Park Skyline Tour to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. You'll explore and learn at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Malahide Castle in Malahide--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and get your bearings at National Library of Ireland.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Dublin. In July, Dublin is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Alfama and Fundacao Amalia Rodrigues Casa Museu. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Guincho Beach (in Cascais). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip app.

You can fly from Dublin to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

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Barcelona, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria La Lesia, and finally steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in July, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

2
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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Pitti Palace has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Pantheon and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Roman Forum and Trastevere. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, take an in-depth tour of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, don't miss a visit to Via Condotti, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome tour planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Szentendre.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

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Szentendre, Hungary

The riverside town of Szentendre is an artsy enclave not far from Budapest.
On the 30th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Retro Design Center, see the interesting displays at Szabó Marzipan Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Visegrad Citadel, and finally see the interesting displays at Hungarian Open Air Museum (Szabadteri Neprajzi Muzeum). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Main Square (Fo ter), admire the masterpieces at Mikrocsodak Muzeuma, then view the masterpieces at Erdesz Gallery & Design, then explore the world behind art at Kovacs Margit Muzeum, and finally examine the collection at Transportation Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Szentendre travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rome to Szentendre. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rome in July, with highs in Szentendre at 34°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Szentendre

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1: