10 days in Europe & Kochi (Cochin) Itinerary

10 days in Europe & Kochi (Cochin) Itinerary

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10 days in Europe & Kochi (Cochin) Itinerary

Start: Guwahati, India
taxi + Fly:  10​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
End: Guwahati, India

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Guwahati, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Guwahati, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
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 4th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
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 5th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planning app .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): gain insight at Kerala Kathakali Centre, admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, and finally stop by Leens Export. On the next day, wander the streets of Jew Town, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marari Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Kochi (Cochin) in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Kochi (Cochin), you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Kochi (Cochin) hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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