16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Manila, Philippines

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then make a trip to Hippodrome (At Meydani). Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul driving holiday planning site .

Manila, Philippines to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manila to Istanbul. When traveling from Manila in November, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 17th (Tue): make a trip to Halaszbastya, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Hősök tere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 19th (Thu): admire the striking features of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in November, with highs in Rome at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

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

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.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Barcelona are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

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

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in November, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 12°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, Prague is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

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