13 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

13 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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13 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  16​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Engelberg, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
9
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 1 night
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our London journey builder website .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to London is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December: high temperatures in London hover around 11°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planning site .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 27th (Fri), wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Zurich online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Titlis.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Engelberg road trip app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Engelberg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Titlis ©
Titlis

1
night
Venice, Italy

Venice
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Engelberg to Venice with the Route module. When traveling from Engelberg in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 31st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 2nd (Thu), take a stroll through Plaka, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary site .

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and then explore the different monuments and memorials at South Park Street Cemetery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Kolkata (Calcutta) takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in January, you will find days in Kolkata (Calcutta) are much hotter (29°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
South Park Street Cemetery ©
South Park Street Cemetery
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)

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