16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore, Singapore

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 19th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then make a trip to Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparco, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rome sightseeing planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Rome is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 7 hours. In December, Rome is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 21st (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Florence tour planning site .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

3
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, test your problem-solving skills at Roomin Escape, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, and don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, then browse the exhibits of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then test your team's savvy at Fox In A Box Madrid. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Casa de Campo and then have some family-friendly fun at EXIT Madrid.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Casa de Campo ©
Casa de Campo

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Jardim Zoologico and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and finally test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Hunt Experience.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Jardim Zoologico ©
Jardim Zoologico
Illuminati Escape Rossio ©
Illuminati Escape Rossio

3
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Istanbul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern European Time is 3 hours. When traveling from Lisbon in December, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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