13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guwahati, India
taxi + Fly:  10​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  14​h
End: Guwahati, India

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 2nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Guwahati, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour combination of taxi and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Guwahati in April; daily highs in Istanbul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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 4th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then browse the exhibits of Welcome to Rome, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rome vacation planning site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stroll around Ciutadella Park, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online route planner .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Barcelona sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
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 8th (Wed): snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Budapest when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Prater. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Vienna are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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