11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), take a stroll through Ortakoy, then admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 7°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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.
On the 13th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and then make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vienna tour itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome road trip planning tool .

Getting from Vienna to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vienna in December, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
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 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, walk around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planner .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Tower Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and partake in some friendly competition at Locked In A Room.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our London trip planning site .

Getting from Barcelona to London by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to London due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Barcelona, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in London, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Locked In A Room ©
Locked In A Room
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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